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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 of paperwork
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; paper + work
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  • There's a lot of paperwork to such a sale, and it's all handled by the company.

    The Risk Profession Donald Edwin Westlake
  • His desk across the room was there for paperwork only, and Taggert had precious little of that to bother with.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He sat down again and buried himself in paperwork, trying to avoid the edge of an old fear.

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
  • During my Administration we cut the paperwork burden by 15 percent, and we created procedures to continue this progress.

  • Isobel turned away and took up some paperwork, without further words.

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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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