Definition of time-server in English:

time-server

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noun

  • 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.
  • 3 (time server) Computing A server that distributes synchronized time information to all members of a network.

Derivatives

time-serving

adjective
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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.
Synonyms
equivocating, shifting, trimming, temporizing, shuffling; hypocritical, two-faced, double-dealing, treacherous, perfidious; sycophantic, servile, subservient, deferential, obsequious, grovelling, toadying
rare tergiversating

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