[ nahyn-tuh-fahyv ]
/ ˈnaɪn təˈfaɪv /
of, relating to, or during the workday, especially the hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when offices are characteristically open for business: the nine-to-five grind.
of, reflecting, or exhibiting a lack of willingness to work beyond the required amount of time or with more than minimal effort: With your nine-to-five mentality, you'll never get a promotion.
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Which of the following words means “to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot”?
Origin of nine-to-five
First recorded in 1955–60
OTHER WORDS FROM nine-to-fivenine-to-fiv·er, noun
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On his way to work, you could not pick him out from the crowd of nine-to-fivers.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST