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watch the clock

To continually check the time because one desires something to end, typically because one is bored or is anxiously waiting to start a different activity. I was supposed to work on that spreadsheet, but I just watched the clock for the last two hours. Quit watching the clock and pay attention, Janine. We still have a lot of material to cover before class ends.
See also: clock, watch

watch the clock

wait eagerly for the end of working hours.
It is from this expression that the word clock-watcher has developed, referring to someone who is determined not to work more than their allotted hours.
See also: clock, watch

watch the ˈclock

(disapproving) often check what time it is, because you are impatient for something to finish or to happen: Someone who spends all their time watching the clock is usually not a good worker. ▶ ˈclock-watching noun: Don’t spend the afternoon clock-watching. ˈclock-watcher noun
See also: clock, watch
References in classic literature ?
I've been waiting for it twelve hours, watching the clock round, death at the end of the lap
Newman sat perfectly still, watching the clock, determined to stay till the stroke of eleven, but not a moment longer.
However two late goals in five minutes from Montenegro's Stefan Mugosa and Zarko Tomasevic had them nervously watching the clock, with Denmark leading against Romania.
Washington, June 19 ( ANI ): Three out of four Australians have claimed to be watching the clock during first dates, a new survey has revealed.
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TICK TOCK I'm writing this in a state of shock, Watching the clock - tick tock, tick tock, Advancing, approaching, relentlessly, A brand new year; oh, can it be?
Indeed, the only person watching the clock is Cinders herself (played by Sophie Martin), as she tries to make it home before midnight.
We remember the first few days after Madeleine was taken, watching the clock and counting every hour.
What I hate about ordinary exercise is that I'm always watching the clock.
Dishes like shepherd's pie, fishcakes or fish pie, which are so easy to make, are not just good for those watching the pennies, but those watching the clock as well.
Since the roadworks between the Albert Dock and the Strand, I must have lost at least an hour of my life every day, sitting idly in my car watching the clock.
Walter Graywolf, a purveyor of contemporary and vintage craft items, was watching the clock for the arrival of actress and singer Irene Bedard, an American Indian who has appeared in many films and was the model for Pocahontas in Disney's film of the same name.
Time and again I found myself watching the clock," Bishop says, recalling monthly meetings where members arrived late or failed to show up at all.
If slumber is still elusive after about 10 minutes, don't lie there watching the clock, she advises.