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[pey-per-wurk] /ˈpeɪ pərˌwɜrk/
written or clerical work, as records or reports, forming a necessary but often a routine and secondary part of some work or job.
Origin of paperwork
1580-90; paper + work Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paperwork
  • 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


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

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

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