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 — ► on paper 1) in writing. 2) in theory rather than in reality. Main Entry: ↑paper …   English terms dictionary

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  • on paper — [adv] in theory abstractly, conceivably, hypothetically, theoretically; concept 529 …   New thesaurus

  • on paper — 1) in writing We need to have something on paper that people can take away with them. put something on paper: I woke up early and began to put down some of my ideas on paper. 2) used for saying that something appears to be true but may not in… …   English dictionary

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  • 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

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