pencil pusher


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pencil pusher

n. Derogatory
One whose work involves much routine writing or paperwork.

pen′cil push`er


n.
Informal. a person, as a bookkeeper or clerk, whose job involves much paperwork.
[1880–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pencil pusher - a clerk who does boring paperworkpencil pusher - a clerk who does boring paperwork  
clerk - an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)
Translations
Sesselfurzer
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