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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 of pencil pusher
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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An office worker, esp a clerk, bookkeeper, or the like; desk jockey: The number of pencil pushers and typists has increased (1881+)

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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