clock watcher

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  1. 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.

  2. any person who watches the time closely, as in expectation of some news or event.

Origin of clock watcher

First recorded in 1885–90

Other words from clock watcher

  • clock watching, noun

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How to use clock watcher in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for clock-watcher


  1. an employee who checks the time in anticipation of a break or of the end of the working day

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