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paper profit

an unrealized profit due to the appreciation of something owned but not yet sold.
Origin of paper profit
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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paper profits

noun phrase

Monetary gains recognizable by accounting but not realized in palpable money or goods (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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