Push paper - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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Do administrative, often petty, paperwork. For example, She spent the whole day pushing paper for her boss. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]
push paper Informal
To have one's time taken up by administrative, often seemingly petty, paperwork: spent the afternoon pushing paper for the boss.
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into a new scanning operation.
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WTI to $80/b by January.
Local cities preferred previous permits that merely required them to push paper
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for an engineering firm?
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