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paper chase

the effort to earn a diploma or college degree, especially in law, or a professional certificate or license.
the writing of assignments and reports, collecting of supporting documents, filling out of forms, and other paperwork necessary to obtain a college degree or a professional certificate or license, apply for financial aid or a bank loan, etc.
Origin of paper chase
First recorded in 1855-60
Related forms
paper chaser, noun
paper-chasing, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for paper chase
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  • You may be a new girl, but dont forget the paper chase, said Betty.

  • "We'll have a paper chase," suggested Jack, who was never at a loss.

    Jill's Red Bag Amy Le Feuvre
  • But it's good fun; it's like a paper chase, or hare and hounds.

    Under Fire For Servia Colonel James Fiske
  • Often the officers of the neighbouring garrisons joined us and organised games and rallies (a kind of paper chase on horseback).

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • Louise Preston told me that there was to be a paper chase and that youd tell me what to do.

British Dictionary definitions for paper chase

paper chase

a former type of cross-country run in which a runner laid a trail of paper for others to follow
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Slang definitions & phrases for paper chase

paper chase

noun phrase

An intense searching and collation of files, books, documents, etc, esp for the needs of ureaucrati pomp: Manuel's history of ideas carries the reader not on a paper chase but on a fascinating voyage

[1932+ British; fr the game of hare and hounds in which the quarry would leave a trail of scraps of paper, the term found by 1856; popularized in the US as the title of a film and a TV series, where the paper was a Harvard Law School degree]

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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