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nine-to-five

[nahyn-tuh-fahyv] /ˈnaɪn təˈfaɪv/
adjective, Informal.
1.
of, relating 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
1955-1960
1955-60
Related forms
nine-to-fiver, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for nine to five

nine-to-five

adjective

Occupying the time period of a regular, salaried, probably dull office job: a nine-to-five drag of a job (1950s+)

verb

To be regularly employed, esp in an office job: even when he was nine-to-fiving (1962+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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