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paper-thin

[pey-per-thin] /ˈpeɪ pərˈθɪn/
adjective
1.
extremely thin:
a paper-thin razor blade.
2.
inadequate or unconvincing; flimsy:
a paper-thin excuse.
Origin of paper-thin
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • There was no paper-thin covering on her chairs, bed, and dressing table.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • Meantime won't somebody give me another cup of coffee and about a dozen more rashers of that paper-thin bacon?

    Camp Venture George Cary Eggleston
  • It came apart easily, a shell of paper-thin but remarkably strong metal, protecting the tightly packed contents.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • The paper-thin walls permitted you to hear them living the most intimate details of their lives.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • But I was told that in this country somewhere are Giants with sweet, hard kernels which fill up their paper-thin shell fully.

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