Nine to five

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Definition

(to work) nine to five: (to work) from 9am to 5pm
idiom
To 'work nine to five' literally means 'to work from 9am to 5pm'. There is an implication that people who 'work nine to five' have stable, but perhaps uninteresting, desk jobs to which they are not especially attached.

Examples

  • "Desmond : You work 9 to 5 in a perfume company"

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