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paper +‎ work

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpeɪ.pɚˌwɝk/, /ˈpeɪ.pɚ.wɚk/
  • (file)

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paperwork (uncountable)

  1. routine work involving written documents
    do paperwork
  2. written documents
  3. (hyperbolic) excessive paperwork, busy work, red tape.
  4. (US, prison slang) Court documents or pre-sentencing investigation reports detailing the prisoner's criminal history (usually in the context of discerning whether an inmate has been charged for sex-related offenses or is likely to be an informant).
    to have bad paperworkto be charged with sex-related offenses or to likely be an informant

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