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pen pusher

noun Informal.
  1. pencil pusher.
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Origin of pen pusher

First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for penpusher

Historical Examples

  • The woman is horribly insulting, and refers to me as Mrs. Penpusher.

    Droll Stories of Isthmian Life

    Evelyn Saxton

  • Mr. and Mrs. Svenska always addressed Mrs. Fairfax as Mrs. Penpusher—a term which Mrs. F. could not understand.

British Dictionary definitions for penpusher


  1. a person who writes a lot, esp a clerk involved with boring paperwork
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Derived Formspenpushing, adjective, noun
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