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  1. extremely thin: a paper-thin razor blade.
  2. inadequate or unconvincing; flimsy: a paper-thin excuse.
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Origin of paper-thin

First recorded in 1925–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • There was no paper-thin covering on her chairs, bed, and dressing table.

    The Harvester

    Gene Stratton Porter

  • But I was told that in this country somewhere are Giants with sweet, hard kernels which fill up their paper-thin shell fully.

  • The bony part of the tooth, on the other hand, starts as a paper-thin sheet, but full sized.

    Natural Wonders

    Edwin Tenney Brewster

  • Meantime won't somebody give me another cup of coffee and about a dozen more rashers of that paper-thin bacon?

    Camp Venture

    George Cary Eggleston

  • The paper-thin walls permitted you to hear them living the most intimate details of their lives.


    Edna Ferber