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push paper(s)

To do paperwork for the administrative side of some business or organization, especially paperwork that is or feels petty, uninteresting, or unimportant. Usually used in the continuous tense. I spent the summer inside pushing paper for my father's construction company to help pay for college. After five years of pushing papers nine to five, seven days a week, I finally decided to quit and pursue my dream of teaching English in Japan.
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push paper

Do administrative, often petty, paperwork. For example, She spent the whole day pushing paper for her boss. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]
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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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"I push papers. If it wasn't for [the artists], the label wouldn't be what it is, and all these people wouldn't care about it."
"I push papers. If it wasn't for the artists, the label wouldn't be what it is, and all these people wouldn't care about it."--Ron Morelli
Frequently, we hesitate at the thought of schools hiring more staff to "push papers" in an office.
I am going to push papers until I probably keel over at my desk.