verb (used with object)
- to write or set down on paper.
- to describe in writing.
verb (used without object)
- in written or printed form.
- in theory rather than in practice.
- existing only in a preliminary state; in a plan or design: The university building program is still only on paper.
Origin of paper
Related formspa·per·less, adjectivepa·per·like, adjectivere·pa·per, verb (used with object)un·pa·pered, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for paper over (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for paper over (2 of 2)
- a set of written examination questions
- the student's answers
Derived Formspaperer, noun
Word Origin for paper
Idioms and Phrases with paper over (1 of 2)
Also, paper over the cracks. Repair superficially, conceal, especially flaws. For example, He used some accounting gimmicks to paper over a deficit, or It was hardly a perfect settlement, but they decided to paper over the cracks. The German statesman Otto von Bismarck first used this analogy in a letter in 1865, and the first recorded example in English, in 1910, referred to it. The allusion is to covering cracked plaster with wallpaper, thereby improving its appearance but not the underlying defect.
Idioms and Phrases with paper over (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with paper
- paper over
- on paper
- push paper
- walking papers