Definition of be not worth the paper it is written on in English:

be not worth the paper it is written on

phrase

  • Be of no value or validity despite having been written down.

    ‘his tenancy agreement may not now be worth the paper it's written on’
    • ‘He is an advocate of daily ‘to do’ lists, but warns that if a list is not managed correctly it is not worth the paper it's written on.’
    • ‘The legislation currently in place is not worth the paper it's written on… you can find out very little about a person that might be a risk,’ she told the Waterford News & Star.’
    • ‘Any document that he signs from now on clearly is not worth the paper it's written on.’
    • ‘We refuse to sign some agreement that's probably not worth the paper it's written on.’
    • ‘You only have to look at the source of this ‘research’ to realise it's probably not worth the paper it's written on.’
    • ‘Everybody emerges with something; the question is whether it is worth the paper it is written on.’