clock watcher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clock watcher a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time
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Quotations

  • Peter M. Leschak
    Peter M. Leschak
    “All of us are watchers -- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway -- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing”

Usage

In literature:

How near it was to two o'clock the watchers could not tell.
"Graustark" by George Barr McCutcheon
It was eleven o'clock when I turned in, and the next man took his rifle and went outside to relieve one of the watchers.
"The Land of the Black Mountain" by Reginald Wyon
He was no respecter of time, neither did he emulate his military colleague in being a clock-watcher.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
About six o'clock the watchers by the sick bed noticed a change in the Marquess.
"The Woman's Way" by Charles Garvice
After what appeared to the watcher to be an age the great school clock tolled solemnly out the hour of nine.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
A mere clock watcher never gets anywhere.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
Other watchers are glad to hear the church clock strike, for they tell of life and coming day.
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various
Larner was anything but a clock-watcher, but on a certain bright day in June he was seated in his laboratory doing just that.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Other watchers are glad to hear the clocks strike, for they tell of life and coming day.
"In Jail with Charles Dickens" by Alfred Trumble
That was one day when the best company man became a clock-watcher.
"Exploiter's End" by James Causey
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In news:

I've been following designer Jonas Damon for a little while now, and like most design-watchers, I rather liked his charming wooden Torch Flashlight, and the Twice Twice Clock he created recently.
Loudoun teachers turn clock watchers to make a point about budgets, overtime.
Back in the Arms of an Old Friend … The Clock Watcher .
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