pencil pusher

pencil pusher

noun Informal.
a person, as a clerk or bookkeeper, whose work involves a considerable amount of writing, record-keeping, etc.
Also called pen pusher.


Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

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  1. n.
    a bureaucrat; a clerk; an office worker. (See also paper-pusher.) : Look here, you lousy pencil-pusher, I want to talk to your boss!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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