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desk jockey

noun, Informal.
an office worker who sits at a desk, often as contrasted with someone who does more important or active work:
desk jockeys at the CIA.
Origin of desk jockey
First recorded in 1950-55; modeled on disk jockey Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary definitions for desk jockey

a person who works at a desk in an office, esp. carrying out routine tasks

Word Origin

1943; patterned on disk jockey

Usage Note

derogatory informal's 21st Century Lexicon
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desk jockey

noun phrase

An office worker: Let some desk jockey in the home office envy you (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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