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Meaning of nine-to-five

nine-to-five

Pronunciation: (nīn'tu-fīv'), [key]
— adj. Informal.
  1. of, pertaining to, or during the workday, esp. the hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when offices are characteristically open for business: the nine-to-five grind.
  2. of, reflecting, or exhibiting a lack of willingness to work beyond the required amount of time or with more than minimal effort: With your nine-to-five mentality, you'll never get a promotion.
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