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punch the clock

Slang definitions & phrases for punch the clock

punch the clock

verb phrase

To do the minimum routinely required: The public has good instincts for when people are doing significant or courageous things in space and when merely punching the clock (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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