- 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.
Origin of clock watcher
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Historical Examples of clock-watcher
That was one day when the best company man became a clock-watcher.Exploiter's End
Larner was anything but a clock-watcher, but on a certain bright day in June he was seated in his laboratory doing just that.
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
- an employee who checks the time in anticipation of a break or of the end of the working day