A clock-watcher is someone who keeps looking at the clock instead of doing his work. It needn’t be an employee. It could be anyone. A student could be a clock-watcher as well.

Examples:  “My father says that there are five clock-watchers in his department.” * “You stop being a clock-watcher when you are working on a crossword puzzle, though. You’ve been sitting with that one for two hours now”

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – October 09, 2006.


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