not worth the paper it's written/printed on

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of not worth the paper it's written/printed on

:not of real value :not legally valid
  • This contract isn't worth the paper it's written/printed on.

Word by Word Definitions

worth play
  1. : become

  1. : having monetary or material value

  2. : estimable

  1. : monetary value

  2. : the equivalent of a specified amount or figure

  3. : the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held

  1. : equal in value to

  2. : having assets or income equal to

  3. : deserving of

paper play
  1. : a felted sheet of usually vegetable fibers laid down on a fine screen from a water suspension

  2. : a similar sheet of other material (such as plastic)

  3. : a piece of paper

  1. : to put down or describe in writing

  2. : to fold or enclose in paper

  3. : to cover or line with paper

  1. : made of paper, cardboard, or papier-mâché

  2. : papery

  3. : of or relating to clerical work or written communication

it play
  1. : that one — compare he, its, she, they

  2. used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent

  3. used with many verbs as a direct object with little or no meaning

  1. : the player in a game who performs the principal action of the game (such as trying to find others in hide-and-seek)

write play written
  1. : to form (characters, symbols, etc.) on a surface with an instrument (such as a pen)

  2. : to form (words) by inscribing characters or symbols on a surface

  3. : to spell in writing

print play printed
  1. : a mark made by pressure : impression

  2. : something impressed with a print or formed in a mold

  3. : fingerprint

  1. : to impress something in or on

  2. : to stamp (something, such as a mark) in or on something

  3. : to make a copy of by impressing paper against an inked printing surface

  1. : of, relating to, or writing for printed publications


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