clock-watching


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clock-watch·er

(klŏk′wôch′ər)
n.
A person who pays close attention to the passage of time and is often eager for the time to pass, as at work or school.

clock′-watch′ing n.
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Noun1.clock-watching - paying excessive attention to the clock (in anticipation of stopping work)
attending, attention - the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
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But we don't have that many easily accessible car parks on the edge of the town centre and the ones we do have mean shoppers are constantly clock-watching to get back before their parking ticket runs out (Kirklees - please restore the Queensgate market to pay on exit).
And yet that seems to be just what referees do every week and it makes sense for the busy arbiters to have clock-watching taken off their list of chores.
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