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working papers

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plural noun
  1. legal papers often required for employment, as by an alien.
  2. legal papers enabling a minor in the U.S. to work under certain conditions.

Origin of working papers

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for working papers

working papers

pl n
  1. papers or notes showing the intermediate stages of a proposal, solution, etc, arrived at or being worked on
  2. legal documents that certain people in some countries must possess to be allowed to work
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