clock-watcher

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clock-watcher

One who often checks the time during an activity or event, as due to boredom and/or a desire to leave. He's a total clock-watcher, so I doubt that he likes his job.

clock-watcher

someone -- a worker or a student -- who is always looking at the clock, anticipating when something will be over. There are four clock-watchers in our office. People who don't like their jobs can turn into clockwatchers.

clock watcher

n. someone—a worker or a student—who is always looking at the clock. People who don’t like their jobs can turn into clock watchers.
See also: clock, watcher
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Cautious clock-watchers are more likely to be male, less educated, have moderate income and savings levels, and are most likely to be working full-time.
An icon for the disaffected, the put-upon, the clock-watchers and the daydreamers, here was a man with his finger constantly and gleefully on the self-destruct button.
Or, for clock-watchers, it had been Arnaud Clement and Fabrice Santoro's 6hr 33min classic at the 2004 French Open.
1) They're not clock-watchers. You better not be, either.
Clock-watchers won't be able to peel their gaze away from the colorful red, yellow, orange and green Pine Ridge logo that adorns the clock's stark, white face and contrasts impeccably with its black plastic housing.
It has many subsections with interesting tides such as "Chopping Wood with a Spoon"; "Shiny Object Polishers"; "Sheep Counters"; "Speed Demons"; "Gluttons"; "Drifters"; "Skimmers"; "Clock-watchers"; "Autopilots"; "Pattern Practicers; "Red Light Runners" and so forth.
Mr Foster assured concerned clock-watchers the time would be correct next year.
"We're not saying that we should turn into a nation of clock-watchers. Most people do not mind putting in some extra time when there's a crisis or an unexpected rush.
Regional secretary Roger McKenzie said: "We're not saying that we should turn into a nation of clock-watchers. Most people do not mind putting in some extra time when there is a crisis or an unexpected rush.
But residents of Herefordshire appear to be clock-watchers who leave the office as soon as they can.
Such children become clock-watchers, lying in bed and growing increasingly frustrated as time passes and they are unable to sleep.
Another common complaint about cost-plus contracts is that they turn homeowners into clock-watchers. I say a little homeowner obsession over labor costs is a good thing if it gets remodelers to obsess a little bit, too--not just about every 15-minute coffee break that runs to a half-hour but over all the supervision time and set-up and clean-up time that isn't in the estimate.
71% CONSIDER THEMSELVES "disengaged" clock-watchers.
Craftspeople are the opposite of clock-watchers; to them, the job is done when the objective has been achieved to--their satisfaction.