paper chase

  1. the effort to earn a diploma or college degree, especially in law, or a professional certificate or license.

  2. 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

Other words from paper chase

  • paper chaser, noun
  • paper-chasing, adjective, noun

Words Nearby paper chase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use paper chase in a sentence

  • The whole head is useless, and the whole sitting part painful: reason, the recent paper chase.

  • No; we shall spend the whole of the day together at the paper-chase.

    Bijou | Gyp
  • There always are accidents; it would be the first paper-chase without one.

    Bijou | Gyp
  • We had arranged an officers' paper chase and every officer attended; those who couldn't find chargers had perforce to ride mules.

  • The season was still early when the Bicycle Paper-chase was proposed and arranged.

    Jack of Both Sides | Florence Coombe

British Dictionary definitions for paper chase

paper chase

  1. a former type of cross-country run in which a runner laid a trail of paper for others to follow

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