on paper meaning

  "on paper" in a sentence
Adverb: on paper
  1. As written or printed
    "this is exactly what the composer had set down on paper"
    - in writing

[American slang]
adv. or adj. phr. Judging by appearances only and not by past performance; in theory; theoretically. On paper, the American colonies should have lost the Revolutionary War. The football team lost many games, even though they looked good on paper.


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  1. could you put a few ideas down on paper?
  2. why do not you set your ideas down on paper?
  3. please make sense of these marks on paper immediately.
  4. the business world runs on paper.
  5. she looks good on paper.

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