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[ahy-sur-vis] /ˈaɪˌsɜr vɪs/
work or service done only when the employer is watching.
Origin of eyeservice
First recorded in 1520-30; eye + service1
Related forms
eyeservant, eyeserver, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His was no eye-service; his conscience was engaged in his work and he did it efficiently.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Nor was this an unwilling obedience, an eye-service constrained by fear or force.

  • Those who undertake the task are only actuated by gain, and you can expect but eye-service.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Word Origin and History for eye-service

"work done only under inspection or while the master is watching," 1530s, from eye (n.) + service (n.1). Related: Eye-servant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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