time-serving UK US noun [U] DISAPPROVING
someone who is time-serving works in a safe job and is doing as little as possible while waiting for the time that they can retire: »

Corrupt time-serving was common at lower levels of the state bureaucracy.

time-serving UK US adjective [before noun] DISAPPROVING
working in a safe job and doing as little as possible while waiting to retire: »

Committed, forward-looking professionals had the advantage over their time-serving colleagues.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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