Definition of time-server in English:

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1A person who makes very little effort at work because they are waiting to leave or retire: giving a man job security turns him into a time-server
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  • Prime ministers have been mostly puppets, elderly time-servers who give a higher priority to loyalty, secrecy and consensus than to principle, debate and leadership.
  • Though some sneered at him as a time-server and trimmer, it is extraordinary that a man could live in such turbulent times and win such widespread praise.
  • The school campaigners saw that this was dominated by a few senior hacks, time-servers who have earned their recently doubled expenses through loyal voting records.
2A person who changes their views to suit the prevailing circumstances or fashion: they were replaced with loyal time-servers
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  • Let me make a prediction: the only change that will happen is that the current third rate time-servers will, instead of being appointed, be able to claim a democratic mandate, based on a turn out in the low twenties.
  • On his rise through the administrative hierarchy he had acquired the reputation of a slippery time-server with naked ambitions.
3 (time server) Computing A server that distributes synchronized time information to all members of a network.



Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪmˌsəːvɪŋ/
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  • Hove's incandescent anger and contempt for the lies and platitudes of the time-serving politicians, opposition as well as government, burns off the page.
  • To say that the two communities lived in peace and amity would be a generalization, which time-serving politicians like very much.
  • A culture of low trust and high control produces low autonomy, risk-averse, time-serving behaviour.
hypocritical, two-faced, double-dealing, treacherous, perfidious;
sycophantic, servile, subservient, deferential, obsequious, grovelling, toadying

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