on paper
phrasal 1. in writing <
wants these promises on paper
>
2. in theory <
the plan looks good on paper
>
3. figured at face value <
on paper the stock was worth nearly a million dollars
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on paper — index holographic, in writing Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • on paper — if something seems good or true on paper, it seems to be good or true when you read or think about it but it might not be good or true in a real situation. She looked good on paper but was one of the weakest interviewees we saw today. On paper it …   New idioms dictionary

  • on paper — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} Judging by appearances only and not by past performance; in theory; theoretically. * /On paper, the American colonies should have lost the Revolutionary War./ * /The football team lost many games, even though they looked… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on paper — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} Judging by appearances only and not by past performance; in theory; theoretically. * /On paper, the American colonies should have lost the Revolutionary War./ * /The football team lost many games, even though they looked… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ paper — adv or adj. phr. Judging by appearances only and not by past performance; in theory; theoretically. On paper, the American colonies should have lost the Revolutionary War. The football team lost many games, even though they looked good on paper.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on paper —    To say that an idea, plan or scheme seems good on paper means that it looks good in theory or in writing but may not work when put into practice.     His plan looks good on paper but I m not convinced it will work …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • on paper — 1) he put his thoughts on paper Syn: in writing, in black and white, in print 2) the combatants were evenly matched on paper Syn: in theory, theoretically, supposedly …   Thesaurus of popular words

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