- the effort to earn a diploma or college degree, especially in law, or a professional certificate or license.
- 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.
- hare and hounds.
Origin of paper chase
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for 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
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.
- a former type of cross-country run in which a runner laid a trail of paper for others to follow