pa|per1 [ `peıpər ] noun ***
▸ 1 for writing/wrapping
▸ 2 newspaper
▸ 3 documents
▸ 4 academic writing/talk
▸ 5 covering for walls
▸ 6 examination
1. ) uncount the thin flat substance that you use for writing on or wrapping things in:
a package wrapped in brown paper
a piece/sheet of paper: Stuart handed me a piece of paper with an address written on it.
2. ) count a newspaper:
He sat down and read the paper.
The story was in all the papers.
Is that today's paper?
3. ) papers plural official documents such as your passport:
We had to show our papers at the security desk.
a ) documents relating to work, study, or personal matters:
His private papers include a diary of his first year in Congress.
Some important papers are missing from the files.
4. ) count a piece of writing or talk on an academic subject:
present a paper: Leading scholars have been invited to present papers at the conference.
paper on: He has published many papers on the subject.
a ) a piece of writing that is done as part of a course at school or college:
paper on: I have to write a paper on the Cuban Revolution.
5. ) count or uncount WALLPAPER for the walls of a room
6. ) count BRITISH an examination, or the answers that a student has written:
Please hand your papers in now.
not worth the paper it is written/printed on
used for saying that a written agreement is not worth having because the person who signed it is not likely to do what they said they would do:
We signed a year's lease on this place, but it's not worth the paper it's written on.
on paper
1. ) in writing:
We need to have something on paper that people can take away with them.
put something on paper: I woke up early and began to put down some of my ideas on paper.
2. ) used for saying that something appears to be true but may not in fact be true:
On paper they are the best team in the National League.
put pen to paper
to write something on a piece of paper, especially a letter:
I decided to put pen to paper and let you know of a few problems.
pa|per 2 [ `peıpər ] adjective
1. ) made of paper:
a brown paper bag
2. ) written or printed:
The book is available in paper and electronic formats.
3. ) officially existing but not effective or able to be used in real situations:
paper promises
pa|per 3 [ `peıpər ] verb transitive
to cover the walls of a room with WALLPAPER
paper over (the cracks)
to hide a problem or disagreement instead of finding a satisfactory solution to it:
Fundamental problems were papered over, not resolved.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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