timeserver

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From time +‎ server.

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timeserver (plural timeservers)

  1. (obsolete) Someone who honours their commitments only when it is personally easy to do so. [16th c.]
  2. A person who conforms to current opinions, especially for reasons of personal advantage; an opportunist. [from 16th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 355:
      Another of Lilly's confidants was the time-server, John Gauden, who was distinctly anti-Laudian in outlook, but who nevertheless became Bishop of Worcester at the Restoration.
  3. Someone who performs a job for the required time only, making a minimum of effort. [from 19th c.]
  4. (computing) A device, node or program that distributes the correct time to clients in a network.

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