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A junior office worker who carries messages:‘his uncle sent the office chaprasi to show him the way’
- ‘India suffers from a dire shortage of officers and delivery staff combined with a vast excess of clerks, messengers and chaprasis.’
- ‘No wonder we have so many highly qualified people working as chaprasis and what not.’
- ‘The chaprasi would prove our ladder to infiltrating the higher reaches of the Defence bureaucracy.’
- ‘Around 93% of our civil service comprises clerks and chaprasis.’
- ‘His eyes seemed to say, ‘Don't degrade yourself to thank a mere chaprasi.’’
From Hindi, from caprās, denoting a metal identity badge worn by messengers or orderlies.
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