pencil pusher


: a person who does predominantly paperwork

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This might sound normal for your typical office worker, stuck at home during the pandemic, but Wolfe is no pencil pusher. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 3 July 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pencil pusher was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Pencil pusher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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