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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Thanks to an elevated row of Owens's many clock paintings, in which the hours tick by in real (though uncalibrated) time against a gamut of different compositions, the medium of painting seemed to have become a clockwatcher, eager to be timely, worried about aging.
CLOCKWATCHER Mo passes Big Ben as he stands on top of the pod
Clockwatcher Jim Farry tried to call time on the big cup final party.
TIME is standing still in Swansea - because the official clockwatcher has stopped their hands in protest at his job being axed after 30 years.
The first clockwatcher is financial trader Nick (Jason Bateman) who's mercilessly bullied by the sadistic Dave (Kevin Spacey - pretty much reprising his role from Swimming With Sharks).
But the slow revelation of that conflict is what differentiates the play from so many other clockwatcher comedies.
A rampant clockwatcher and a stickler for filling in the correct forms, she'll go out of her way to make things as difficult as possible for anyone who has the misfortune to venture near her desk.
In Britain our cultural DNA is still shaped by the Protestant work ethic, and terms such as 'loafer', 'clockwatcher' and 'workshy' are still highly derogatory.
Clockwatcher Nick (Jason Bateman) is bullied by the sadistic Dave (Kevin Spacey).
The first clockwatcher is financial trader Nick (Jason Bateman) who's mercilessly bullied by the sadistic Dave (Kevin Spacey, pretty much reprising his role from Swimming With Sharks., see Top 5, right).
BRITISH Champions Day at Ascot took place on slower ground than last year, and while it's a clockwatcher's duty to factor an allowance to accommodate such conditions, it's not ideal that judgement on championship races has to be made after huge manipulation to times.
They trawl the web and return thousands of matches to your query faster than the office clockwatcher bolting for the door at five.
If he hadn't run there he'd be a lot shorter than he is now and, while he probably won't develop into the horse all the clockwatchers were anticipating following his sparkling debut, he is up to this level in a race not strong on obvious contenders.
Either way, the dream of winning the lottery and urinating in your boss' desk drawer - although there are more conventional ways of handing in your P45 - has remained a constant succour to clockwatchers everywhere since time immemorial.
Companies will not want to employ the proverbial clockwatchers - people who spend more time thinking about the weekend than that day's tasks.