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paper-pusher

1. n. a bureaucrat; a clerk in the military services; any office worker. (see also pencil-pusher.) If those paper-pushers can’t get their work done on time, make them stay late.
2. n. someone who passes bad checks. (see also paper, paper-hanger.) The bank teller spotted a well-known paper-pusher and called the cops.
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What Jonathan Morgan fails to understand is many of these extra staff members are not paper-pushers as he calls them, but people who deliver front-line services such as safeguarding vulnerable adults and children in residential care.
THE paper-pushers at the MoD don't know what it is to fight.
Surely someone in City Hall, with its legions of six-figure accountants, paper-pushers and high-priced consultants, might have anticipated that revenues would suffer, too.
We don't want to find ourselves employing so many layers of paper-pushers and have no-one left to provide services.
We're paper-pushers now," says Gerald Lorge, a federal meat inspector.
The answer, we suspect, is simply that people who develop (and buy) software these days are mostly white-collar paper-pushers.
But these weren't just any paper-pushers relieving a little occupational stress.
The film is a biting, darkly comic look at the life of the women of the Israeli military --and it showed audiences that for these female secretaries and paper-pushers, boredom can be just as dangerous as battle.
In the past 20 years, City Hall has hired many more paper-pushers in its central bureaucracy, paying them more than they would earn in private industry.
As for market size--well, it's worth remembering that the Fortune 500 are primarily industrial companies, and the productivity improvements that really matter to senior management take place on the factory floor, not among droves of paper-pushers.
Small and medium sized businesses requiring urgent support risk going to the wall before AWM's paper-pushers reach a decision about financial assistance, it is claimed.
A public work force that ran libraries and park programs, trimmed trees and paved streets was replaced by paper-pushers - many needed to deal with the escalation in local, state and federal red tape.
Nor does a move to 'frontline' activity necessarily involve sacking paper-pushers and hiring doctors and teachers, or everybody doing something that they are not doing already.
WHILE most firms grumble about taxes and red tape, Serco is one of the few to benefit from Government paper-pushers.