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01 / 07 / 2009

WORTH-3: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's expression is: not to be worth the paper it's written/printed on

Meaning: used to describe an agreement or official document that, in your opinion, has no value, either legally or because you don't trust one or more of the people involved.

Example 1:
Be careful. That contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. All of the signatures are false!

Example 2:
I would not accept a cheque from that man. I know his business is not going well. Even if he writes you a cheque, it wouldn't be worth the paper it's printed on.

Have a great day!

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