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an employee who demonstrates lack of interest in a job by watching the time closely to be sure to stop work as soon as the workday or shift is over.
any person who watches the time closely, as in expectation of some news or event.
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Origin of clock watcher
First recorded in 1885–90
OTHER WORDS FROM clock watcherclock watching, noun
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How to use clock watcher in a sentence
A salary of about $45,000 a year is being offered to the succesful clock-watcher.New Royal Clock Winder Needed|Tom Sykes|September 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was no respecter of time, neither did he emulate his military colleague in being a clock-watcher.Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons|Henry Charles Mahoney
That was one day when the best company man became a clock-watcher.Exploiter's End|James Causey
Larner was anything but a clock-watcher, but on a certain bright day in June he was seated in his laboratory doing just that.
British Dictionary definitions for clock watcher
an employee who checks the time in anticipation of a break or of the end of the working day
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