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[pey-per-wurk] /ˈpeɪ pərˌwɜrk/

written or clerical , as records or reports, forming a necessary but often a routine and secondary part of some or job.
clerical work, such as the completion of forms or the writing of reports or letters

1580s, “things made of paper,” from paper (n.) + work (n.). Meaning “work done on paper” is from 1889.


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