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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.
  3. hare and hounds.
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Origin of paper chase

First recorded in 1855–60
Related formspaper chaser, nounpa·per-chas·ing, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of paper chase

  • And how far in a paper-chase, with the hare to run down and other hounds to compete with?

    For Fortune and Glory

    Lewis Hough

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

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

  • The club run is very much like the paper-chase, except that no scent is laid.

  • I warn them not to build a paper-chase on so slender a foundation.

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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