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"on paper" in British English

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on paper

judging something by how it has been planned rather than how it really works in practice: The design certainly looks good on paper. Several candidates seemed suitable on paper but failed the interview.
(Definition of on paper from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on paper" in American English

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on paper

according to a theory or idea as opposed to something that has been tried: On paper it looks like it could work, but I won't believe it until I see it in operation.
(Definition of on paper from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “on paper”
in Chinese (Simplified) 据书面材料,在书面上,在理论上…
in Chinese (Traditional) 據書面材料,在書面上,在理論上…
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