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Not worth the paper it is written on of no value or validity despite having been written down.

paper over the cracks use a temporary expedient, or to create a mere semblance of order. The phrase is a translation of a German expression used by Otto von Bismarck in a letter of 1865, and early uses refer to this.

paper tiger a person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual. The expression became well-known in the West from its use by Mao Zhe Dong in an interview in 1946.

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