eyeservice

[ ahy-sur-vis ]
/ ˈaɪˌsɜr vɪs /

noun

work or service done only when the employer is watching.

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Origin of eyeservice

First recorded in 1520–30; eye + service1

OTHER WORDS FROM eyeservice

eye·serv·ant, eye·serv·er, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for eye-service

  • Those who undertake the task are only actuated by gain, and you can expect but eye-service.

    Olla Podrida|Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Nor was this an unwilling obedience, an eye-service constrained by fear or force.

  • His was no eye-service; his conscience was engaged in his work and he did it efficiently.

    Verner's Pride|Mrs. Henry Wood