paper-pusher

n Bureaucratic office workers. My office is filled with paper-pushers. 1960s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • paper-pusher — ˈpaper ˌpusher noun [countable] informal disapproving someone whose job is doing unimportant office work; =PEN PUSHER: • unnecessary regulations that turn would be entrepreneurs into paper pushers …   Financial and business terms

  • paper-pusher — paper .pusher n someone whose job is doing unimportant office work British Equivalent: pen pusherAmerican Equivalent: pencil pusher …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • paper pusher — UK US noun [C] DISAPPROVING WORKPLACE ► someone who works in an office doing work that is not considered to be important: »The management has turned highly trained biologists into paper pushers …   Financial and business terms

  • paper-pusher — 1. n. a bureaucrat; a clerk in the military services; any office worker. (See also pencil pusher.) □ If those paper pushers can’t get their work done on time, make them stay late. □ I on’t want to talk to some paper pusher, I want to talk to the… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • paper-pusher — noun a clerk or bureaucrat who does paperwork • Hypernyms: ↑bureaucrat, ↑administrative official, ↑clerk * * * ˈpaper pusher 7 [paper pusher] noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • paper-pusher — paper pushing, adj. /pay peuhr poosh euhr/, n. Informal. 1. a person who has a routine desk job. 2. a bureaucrat. Also called paper shuffler /pay peuhr shuf leuhr/. * * * …   Universalium

  • paper pusher — noun, pl ⋯ ers [count] chiefly US informal + disapproving : someone who does boring or unimportant work in an office called also (US) pencil pusher (Brit) pen pusher …   Useful english dictionary

  • paper-pusher — noun N. Amer. informal a bureaucrat or menial clerical worker. Derivatives paper pushing noun & adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • paper-pusher — noun (C) someone whose job is doing unimportant office work …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • paper-pusher — pa′per push er n. Informal. 1) cvb inf a person who has a routine desk job 2) cvb inf bureaucrat …   From formal English to slang

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