clock watcher

noun
  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
Related formsclock watching, noun
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clock-watcher

noun
  1. an employee who checks the time in anticipation of a break or of the end of the working day
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Word Origin and History for clock-watcher
n.

"employee habitually prompt in leaving," 1887, from clock (n.1) + agent noun from watch (v.). Related: Clock-watching.

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