Definition of watch the clock in English:

watch the clock


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

    ‘when people are accountable, they stop watching the clock’
    • ‘They never watched the clock, never dreaded Mondays, never worried about the years passing by.’
    • ‘One sign that I love my job is that I never watch the clock.’
    • ‘So I watch the clock, longing for lunch hour, when I might be able to run an errand or at least do some yoga.’
    • ‘Show up on time, don't watch the clock, keep busy.’
    • ‘How many jobs are there where individuals are just watching the clock until they can scamper home?’
    • ‘I tried this and actually zipped through an hour's worth of work while watching the clock for both my next break and my next flash of work.’