nine to five

nine-to-five

[nahyn-tuh-fahyv]
adjective Informal.
1.
of, pertaining to, or during the workday, especially the hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when offices are characteristically open for business: the nine-to-five grind.
2.
of, reflecting, or exhibiting a lack of willingness to work beyond the required amount of time or with more than minimal effort: With your nine-to-five mentality, you'll never get a promotion.

Origin:
1955–60

nine-to-fiver, noun
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