nounNorth American informal
A bureaucrat or menial clerical worker.
- 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.
paper-pushing 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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