Idioms

    on paper,
    1. in written or printed form.
    2. in theory rather than in practice.
    3. existing only in a preliminary state; in a plan or design: The university building program is still only on paper.

Origin of paper

1325–75; Middle English papire < Latin papȳrus papyrus

Related forms

pa·per·less, adjectivepa·per·like, adjectivere·pa·per, verb (used with object)un·pa·pered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paper

paper

/ (ˈpeɪpə) /

noun

adjective

verb

See also paper over

Derived Forms

paperer, noun

Word Origin for paper

C14: from Latin papyrus
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Idioms and Phrases with paper

paper


In addition to the idiom beginning with paper

  • paper over

also see:

  • on paper
  • push paper
  • walking papers
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