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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But Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Mark Oaten said it was wrong to base trials on 'clock-watching'.
Competitive games after school or on Saturday mornings were dealt a savage blow by clock-watching teachers even before the PC army stuck its oar in.
Some critics have harped on how tedious the film is: the endless clock-watching, Margaret carving her desk over and over again, the slow-motion shots of people doing odd sorts of things throughout the day.
But we don't have that many easily accessible car parks on the edge of the town centre and the ones we do have mean shoppers are constantly clock-watching to get back before their parking ticket runs out (Kirklees - please restore the Queensgate market to pay on exit).
The fact that they were on holiday and chatting (not cackling, that's for witches) at the checkout is not really relevant, as clock-watching doesn't come into the equation when you're on holiday.
TIME was when you could rely on courses with electronic timing to put out the figures consistently, and those with a clock-watching bent could pore over them and interpret their implications.
On the show the "dancing baby" is meant to be the voice of the biological clock-watching Ally's ovaries.