pencil pusher


noun Informal.

a person, as a clerk or bookkeeper, whose work involves a considerable amount of writing, record-keeping, etc.

Nearby words

  1. pencil beam,
  2. pencil box,
  3. pencil cedar,
  4. pencil crayon,
  5. pencil gate,
  6. pencil skirt,
  7. pencil stripe,
  8. penciliform,
  9. penciling,
  10. pend

Origin of pencil pusher

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

Also called pen pusher.

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