watch the clock

watch the clock
To keep watch on the passage of time, eagerly waiting for one's work-time to finish and usu doing only the minimum amount of work required (clockˈ-watcher noun; clockˈ-watching noun)
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Main Entry:clock

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watch the clock phrase
to keep looking at the time on a clock or a watch because you are bored or you want something to end

On Friday afternoons at work, all I do is watch the clock.

Thesaurus: using clocks and watcheshyponym to not be interested, or to be boredsynonym clocks, watches and instruments that measure timehyponym
Main entry: watch

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(of an employee) be overly strict or zealous about not working more than one's required hours

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watch the ˈclock idiom
(disapproving) to be careful not to work longer than the required time; to think more about when your work will finish than about the work itself
see also clock-watcher
Main entry:watchidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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