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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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Ortiz delivers a slightly magical paper-pusher, Keener is a woman broken by sadness, and Hamm is as stoic outside as he is broken inside.
Ned is in the printing business; he's literally a paper-pusher.
The classic way of procurement is to be informed, and be just a paper-pusher.
Synopsis: In 1963, Irving Rothstein was a 29-year-old office bureaucrat in Sacramento, a paper-pusher bored out of his gourd.
As a business driven by clear-cut processes and the need for very specific, wordy documents, insurance has always been known as the realm of the proverbial paper-pusher.
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Here's a paper-pusher in the aviation industry (with a fear of flying) who finds himself laid off in the fall of 2002.
In his early army career, Halleck became the proverbial paper-pusher, a bureaucrat wedded to his reports and a stickler for rules and regulations.
Whether it's your fourth-grade field trip, your professional association's Day at the Capitol (think Licensed Paper-Pusher Lobby Day), or an idealistic compulsion to speak out for what you believe in, thousands of us sojourn to the statehouse, especially at times such as these, when the Legislature is in session.
Anamika and her clueless but pleasant Brahmin parents lead a comfortable but far from ostentatious life; Anamika has to explain several times that they don't have a car and that her father, a paper-pusher in a government ministry, gets around by scooter.
Employee A, employed by the Company as a paper-pusher, and Employee B, employed by the Company as a paper-pusher supervisor, hereby notify the Company that we wish to enter into a voluntary and consensual social relationship.
At the last moment, some paper-pusher deep in the military maze tried to keep me off the flight after I'd spent more than two months training and living with these extraordinary next-door-citizen soldiers.