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nine-to-five

[nahyn-tuh-fahyv] /ˈnaɪn təˈfaɪv/
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
1955-1960
1955-60
Related forms
nine-to-fiver, noun
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Examples from the web for nine-to-five
  • Times are tough, so stop looking for a boring nine-to-five.
  • Then they get to spend their time in the water instead of working some nine-to-five job.
  • We always talk about the nine-to-five life, the office life.
  • Pretty much nine-to-five type work for a few months out of the year.
  • For those coming directly from their nine-to-five jobs, there has been no time for dinner.
  • Workers may rarely be in the office, and their working hours may bear little resemblance to the traditional nine-to-five schedule.
  • Under such high-pressure conditions, nine-to-five schedules are rare.
  • It is obvious that this is not a nine-to-five job for any of you.
  • Many of these jobs did not fit a standard nine-to-five schedule.
  • Always, the lure of the nine-to-five employment will pose a threat to the retention of experienced observers.
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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