Goldbricker

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Goldbricker

A person who appears to be working, but in fact is surfing the Internet, making personal phone calls, or generally not working. A goldbricker tries to look busy but in fact is not very productive at all.
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When Waldo Emerson bailed his pal, Henry Thoreau, from Concord jail for vagrancy on the Post Road, Congress earned their double-eagle daily reporting to Sergeant-at-Arms, & they kept a dungeon for goldbrickers in the Capital cellar.