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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

push paper

Informal
To have one's time taken up by administrative, often seemingly petty, paperwork: spent the afternoon pushing paper for the boss.
See also: paper, push
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Deadline pressure puts ink on pages, pushes papers onto doorsteps and into receptacles, lands the news, ads and features - thump - at stores and street corners.