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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.
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 .25 ACP all the way up to .45 ACP, the theory being that pistols which are never fired, never need resupply of hard-to-obtain non-standard foreign ammo.
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.
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.
The pencil-pushers at Kia have also been busy of late, with an early view of a sporty little number.