Definition of Pencil pusher

1. Noun. A clerk who does boring paperwork.

Exact synonyms: Penpusher
Generic synonyms: Clerk

Definition of Pencil pusher

1. Noun. (idiomatic often derogatory) One who does routine office work; someone involved mainly in paperwork. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pencil Pusher

pencil box
pencil boxes
pencil case
pencil cases
pencil cedar
pencil cedar tree
pencil crayon
pencil crayons
pencil eraser
pencil in
pencil lead
pencil pleat
pencil pusher (current term)
pencil pushers
pencil sharpener
pencil sharpeners
pencil skirt
pencil skirts
pencil stub
pencil stubs
pencil tree
pencil trees
pencil whip

Literary usage of Pencil pusher

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Draftsman (1904)
"As a pencil pusher I have been very much interested in the several contributions ... I am in hearty agreement with the plans submitted by "A pencil pusher. ..."

2. Dialect Notes by American Dialect Society (1896)
"As the tool of his trade is what the English artisan usually calls a " blacklead," he is called somewhat sardonically a pencil-shaver or pencil-pusher ..."

3. Science and Industry (1899)
"... also a "pencil pusher," I am much interested in the matter myself, and perhaps my experience in this line may be valuable to him and other readers. ..."

4. The Bozeman Trail: Historical Accounts of the Blazing of the Overland Routes by Grace Raymond Hebard, Earl Alonzo Brininstool (1922)
"... the "fighting pencil pusher" of the for the fort were cut by enlisted men, and these were converted into lumber at the two sawmills located at the post. ..."

5. "My Memoirs of Georgia Politics," by Rebecca Latimer Felton (1911)
"The ex-governor responded to the smooth talk of the pencil-pusher, but why the ex-governor should have followed Mr. Hill's example is still unexplained to ..."

6. Pioneer History of Milwaukee by James Smith Buck (1884)
"... of certain parties, thus initiating the young pencil pusher into an organization in which a certain New York editor had already taken nine degrees. ..."

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