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pencil pusher

One who has a boring, meaningless office job. Primarily heard in US. I refuse to be a pencil pusher the rest of my life. I have big dreams and goals!
See also: pencil, pusher

pencil-pusher

n. a bureaucrat; a clerk; an office worker. (see also paper-pusher.) Look here, you lousy pencil-pusher, I want to talk to your boss!
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Either way, it's long past time for the pencil-pushers at the Treasury Department to do their housing homework.
What is needed is a bonfire of the quangos, pencil-pushers and other non-jobs created by Labour to keep their Guardian-reading social science graduates in public sector pensionable employment.
In short, the powers that be, too often pencil-pushers, don't understand the implications of their decisions on individual companies or an industry.
He is a lone wolf who doesn't give a damn about playing by the rules of those pencil-pushers in Whitehall.
We are here to send a strong message to the government, the Brussels directorate, the IMF and all those pencil-pushers who are targeting the social, labour, pension and economic rights of employees," Stathis Anestis, a leading member of the General
But Giovanni Trapattoni insists it is HIS players who will decide who goes to South Africa, not pencil-pushers in Switzerland.
Instead, the pencil-pushers concentrated their efforts at the rear of the executive saloon.
But we're paying pencil-pushers to retire prematurely.
The uniformed pencil-pushers got the "ersatz" guns, in the form of any of a number of foreign-made pistols in a variety of sometimes downright weird calibers, ranging from .
There are a number of pencil-pushers out there to choose from.
The answer is that Pollock and his colleagues are a far cry from the unimaginative pencil-pushers you might have envisioned and much closer to being the shock troops of good government--part journalists, part detectives, part problem-solvers, part enforcers.
The front-end design is a bit of a mis-mash despite the Subaru pencil-pushers insisting that their aim was to make it look progressive and confident.
Bruce Kellerman (William Fichtner) is one of those ``anarchists,'' as one of those noxious pencil-pushers describes him.
The car's chic exterior looks are a bit of a bonus, though, because the pencil-pushers at Toyota actually took a rather unusual approach by designing the Auris from the inside out.