adjective Informal.
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.
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.


nine-to-fiver, noun Unabridged
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nine-to-five definition

  1. mod.
    typical in terms of working hours; structured and scheduled, starting and ending at set times. (From the expression from nine to five, normal working hours.) : I really wanted a nine-to-five job until I finally got one.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
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.
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