n. Somewhere in the vicinity of 30 hours over 4 days in a given period between Monday and Friday, excluding, of course, the period between June 1 and and August 31 where they're all on strike for some non-reason or another.
Jack (on a Thursday at about 3:00PM): Well, I put in a solid French workweek so now I'm going to drink a bottle of wine, eat some cheese, and smoke a pack of cigarettes with my steak and fries. If only I had a stupid hat and smelled bad I could truly be French!
Phrase used it the UK to describe the action of taking advantage of the situation, in particular at work. Basically putting the least amount of work possible without getting sacked. The UK English equivalent of mailing it in in US English.
Q: Where is that damn capacity report, Tara should've been done 2 weeks ago?
A: Tara is taking a piss.