What is the idiom that best describes someone doing his job carelessly as if he looks like fed up with his job or needs to get fired?


Several ideas:

Going through the motions

Doing the bare minimum

Phoning it in

Can hardly be bothered

Checked out

Or you could say that someone's work has become




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    The terms/phrases you suggest are good, but you could improve your answer by adding references. – vpn Jan 30 '17 at 1:04
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    Normally I would agree, but they just came off the top of my head. So consider the references me, myself and I. – freeling10 Jan 30 '17 at 2:04

"To slack off", meaning to work less hard than is usual or necessary, is another possibility. Although Cambridge lists it as American English, I have little doubt it is well understood by global English speakers. "Slack" can also be used by itself, as for example in "he's so slack at work it's a wonder he hasn't been fired yet".

Other useful words, probably more standard English than idiomatic, include

  • lackadaisical: showing little enthusiasm or effort (Cambridge), and
  • perfunctory: done quickly without care or interest (Cambridge).

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