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!
City Hall is filled with a bunch of over-paid pencil-pushers.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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