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  • n. The action of a time-server.


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  • As a result, union labour possessing an important political significance at the time, the time-serving politicians at Sacramento appointed a senatorial committee of investigation of the state prisons.

    Chapter 20

  • The former is headed by someone called Graham Dalton, who, it seems, is a time-serving apparatchik from the DoT, which, as we all know, is headed by that limpet-like nincompoop, Geoff BuffHoon, one of new Labour's 'Jack of All Trades & Master of None'.

    Another Fine Mess

  • I must be kept alive for the hanging, or else will the public be cheated, the law blackened, and a mark of demerit placed against the time-serving warden who runs this prison and one of whose duties is to see that his condemned ones are duly and properly hanged.

    Chapter 22

  • We have only two right wings in Washington and both are peopled by time-serving puddknockers of the worst sort, President Obama included.

    The coming end of my liberalism. Wish I could predict the same for the Presidents.

  • The exiting BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward has become rich as a time-serving employee, working his way up a huge corporation over three decades, profiting from the brand and infrastructure of a company that was created three years before he was born.

    David Bolchover: Tony Hayward and Those CEO Myths

  • Why do you defend the time-serving parasites that IG describes here? on October 9, 2008 at 10: 13 am | Reply Bob


  • And now he knows that he is in the right, an ordained and crowned king, riding out against an upstart, a pretender, whose cause was lost in the last reign, whose affinity have stayed at home, whose support depends on foreign convicts and mercenaries, and who has attracted only the most disloyal and time-serving lords to his side—and possibly not even them.

    The Red Queen

  • This is only controversial if you're a time-serving, dull-brained, timid bureaucrat whose sole joy in their otherwise slab-grey lives is causing trouble, inconvenience and hurt to other, innocent, members of the public.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • This would be bad enough if the MPs involved in these scandals were merely time-serving backbenchers.

    John Rentoul today puts Trevor Kavanagh and myself in the...

  • Most math teachers in this country are time-serving hacks who have no interest in guiding students to the relevant intuitions, mostly because they have never had those intuitions themselves.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What Kinds of Girls Are Upper Tier Colleges Looking For?


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