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Meaning of “on paper” in the English Dictionary

"on paper" in British English

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on paper

judging something by how it has been ​plannedrather than how it really ​works in ​practice: The ​designcertainly looks good on paper. Several ​candidatesseemedsuitable 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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