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n. Informal.
1. a person who has a routine desk job.
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Noun1.paper-pusher - a clerk or bureaucrat who does paperwork
administrative official, bureaucrat - an official of a bureaucracy
clerk - an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)
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The big surprise is that it's not Russia that gives Donald Trump his marching ordersno, his presidency is being run by midlevel paper-pushers at the State Department and the Pentagon whose larger vision of the world is shaped by their former bosses.
It will not be drafted by some anonymous bureaucrat and his paper-pushers hidden away on the shores of Lake Geneva.
But claiming disability benefit turns out to be anything from simple after he's judged fit for work by the paper-pushers at the local job centre.
You probably recognize Rainn Wilson as the galling Dwight Schrute from "The Office," the hugely popular NBC TV show about the lives of a bunch of paper-pushers in Pennsylvania (indeed, "Dwight" writes the foreword), but Wilson delves deeper with The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy (Dutton, $26.
The film is a biting, darkly comic look at the life of the women of the Israeli military --and it showed audiences that for these female secretaries and paper-pushers, boredom can be just as dangerous as battle.
This will also prove tough for our essential frontline staff such as nurses who are being squeezed by the Welsh NHS, yet the paper-pushers in cosy offices manage to receive pay increases without proving their worth.
We need to ensure that money continues to be invested in frontline services and health professionals, not back-room offices and paper-pushers.
End of year accounts provided by council paper-pushers had the over-spend at an impressive pounds 1 million.
And, if some London-based paper-pushers have their way, that's the way things will continue.
What Jonathan Morgan fails to understand is many of these extra staff members are not paper-pushers as he calls them, but people who deliver front-line services such as safeguarding vulnerable adults and children in residential care.