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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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  • Even sophisticated multinationals could set up a representative office in hours without concern for continuous paperwork.
  • Then there's all the paperwork involved in accessioning a new item.
  • If you stay in private accommodation, agencies around the city can complete the paperwork for you for a fee.
  • We are not quite sure because a guy from my dad's work rescued her and does not have all the paperwork yet.
  • Espial investigations merely leads to more paperwork, tying up lobbying rack earnings.
  • Researchers can spend up to a year in paperwork submissions before gaining access to them.
  • Maybe the paperwork, all the permits is going to be the biggest problem.
  • He said the regulations, which create extra paperwork and expense for his customers, have already taken a toll on his business.
  • Some externalities may be too small to justify the paperwork or legislation.
  • After months of planning and paperwork, our solar project has finally moved from talk to action.
British Dictionary definitions for paperwork

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 paperwork
n.

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

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