Definition of paper-pusher in English:

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North American informal
A bureaucrat or menial clerical worker: he will be more than a paper-pusher, administration sources said
More example sentences
  • But what is clear, is that twenty billion pounds of savings can't be found from just sacking civil servants or paper-pushers - there aren't enough of them for us to save that much.
  • Because many faculty deride administrators as paper-pushers who lack intellectual legitimacy, the maintenance of visible scholarship is likely to increase the chair's credibility.
  • It is easy to stereotype these employees as mindless paper-pushers, but more than 15,000 job skills (from nuclear physicist to computer programmer to clerk typist) are included in the federal workforce.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • This deal reeks of paper-pushing, the appearance that ‘we're doing something about our problems.’
  • Even on Earth Day organizing last year, I got really annoyed with all the paper-pushing.
  • First, note that it's not that the paper-pushing isn't worth 10-14 dollars an hour, it's that companies have the bargaining power and can get away with only paying 7 dollars an hour because of our anti-union laws.

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