Definition of paperwork in English:



mass noun
  • 1Routine work involving written documents such as reports or letters.

    ‘I need to catch up on some paperwork’
    • ‘Never have I had such a mountain of paperwork to clear before Christmas.’
    • ‘I have to go into school tomorrow to climb a mountain of marking and paperwork, but no kids.’
    • ‘A high workload and masses of paperwork have been blamed for scores of dentists going private over the last decade.’
    • ‘The whole scheme is designed to keep paperwork and bureaucracy to a minimum and I hope that between us we will do a better job in less time.’
    • ‘The survey showed paperwork and bureaucracy as the biggest causes of stress for teachers and school managers.’
    official procedure, rule, regulation, convention, ritual, custom, matter of form, formal gesture
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    1. 1.1 Written documents.
      ‘keep all the paperwork involved with any purchase, especially the invoice’
      • ‘The best course of action is to ensure your paperwork is all present and correct at the time of submission.’
      • ‘When staff turned up early the next day there was no sign the work had been done or that paperwork had been completed.’
      • ‘So next week they will go through routine paperwork, sign up to a code of conduct and even get e-mail addresses.’
      • ‘Campbell was also ruled to have distributed paperwork purporting to be internal party documents.’
      • ‘Contractors returning to consultancy work should make sure they've got their paperwork in order.’
      documents, certificates, forms, letters, files, deeds, records, dossiers, diaries, archives, legal papers, documentation
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