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paper doll

a paper or cardboard, usually two-dimensional, representation of the human figure, used as a child's toy.
Usually, paper dolls. a connected series of doll-like figures cut from folded paper.
Origin of paper doll
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Miss Grant then cut a paper doll for Hitty, and afterward one for Nelly.

    Little Frankie at School Madeline Leslie
  • She had about as much talent for the theater as a paper doll.

  • paper doll had been the maid of honor, but she did not at all approve of the match.

    Sandman's Goodnight Stories Abbie Phillips Walker
  • Now when you're making a kite, you want to make a kite, not a paper doll!

  • Colonel Wheeler was a paper doll, and these ladies and children who travelled about with him were paper dolls also.

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
  • Fold a piece of cambric for the coat, and cut it out as you would for a paper doll, with the fold at the top.

  • She knew, now that it was too late, that she wanted the paper doll furniture more than anything in the whole world.

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