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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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