paper chase

the effort to earn a diploma or college degree, especially in law, or a professional certificate or license.
the writing of assignments and reports, collecting of supporting documents, filling out of forms, and other paperwork necessary to obtain a college degree or a professional certificate or license, apply for financial aid or a bank loan, etc.


paper chaser, noun
paper-chasing, adjective, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
paper chase
a former type of cross-country run in which a runner laid a trail of paper for others to follow

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Example sentences
The annual paper chase that is tax season can be viewed as an ordeal or an opportunity.
It only delays total payment to physicians, duplicates paperwork and often snarls the paper chase.
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