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paperwork

[pey-per-wurk] /ˈpeɪ pərˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
written or clerical work, as records or reports, forming a necessary but often a routine and secondary part of some work or job.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; paper + work
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British Dictionary definitions for paper-work

paperwork

/ˈpeɪpəˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
clerical work, such as the completion of forms or the writing of reports or letters
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Word Origin and History for paper-work

paperwork

n.

1580s, "things made of paper," from paper (n.) + work (n.). Meaning "work done on paper" is from 1889.

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