from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who works regular daytime hours, as in an office.

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  • n. Someone who works a nine-to-five job.


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  • All this is to say that this week I'm a working man, a nine-to-fiver, so bye-bye to my indolent life.

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  • One, who is hiding from the law and has ties to the meth trade, is too much of a bruiser; another, a nine-to-fiver at the electric company, is too conventional: "Don't you ever want to do anything more than fish and shoot?" the puzzled man asks her.

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  • One way to make up for lost time during the workday is to enlist the help of a business partner who isn't a nine-to-fiver.

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  • They waived the restrictions about having a job lined up for a nine-to-fiver.

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  • Sitting behind a desk as a nine-to-fiver runs counter to their Marco Polo instincts of discovery.

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  • For a time in the 80s he was just another nine-to-fiver, an electrician with a hard-ass boss.

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  • Once they've tasted the unifying purpose, the fierce loyalty, the dramatic sense of doing something important, and most of all the intimate cameraderie of military life, a nine-to-fiver for those people would be unbearably bland and colourless.

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  • SHOWBIZ TONIGHT got busy looking for our next nine-to-fiver, and what we found was one tall tale of the tattler, you know, the co-worker who can ` t mind his or her own business in the workplace.

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  • Giving them enough individual attention to do any good is full-time work, so I can hardly go out and get a nine-to-fiver to support them.

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  • This is a nine-to-fiver, weekends and holidays excluded.

    The Concrete Blonde


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