on\ paper

on\ paper
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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in theory; if judged from the written evidence

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