from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Very thin or shallow: a paper-thin membrane.


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  • At Pocantico Hills, N.Y., restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, chef Dan Barber makes whole-grain crackers by puréeing cooked freekeh, spreading it paper-thin and slow baking it for about 2 hours.

    Get Your Freekeh On

  • "These guys had to downsize and cut back and are operating on paper-thin margins and carrying too much debt, and they're trying to drop the price as much as they can to get into the market," Mr. McIlwain says.

    Who Wants to Buy a New Home?

  • When slicing the radishes and onions, a mandolin or very sharp knife is the best tool for getting paper-thin rounds and semi-circles.

    Striped Bass with Grapefruit and Pickled Radish

  • Purely on his magnetism and joy of being onstage, Jackman turned a paper-thin production into a triumph.

    Michael Giltz: Theater: Hugh Jackman Razzle Dazzles Broadway In New Show

  • He won't appreciate the comparison, given the inclusion of a paper-thin, arch-libertarian hypervillain in "Blink of an Eye," but there is something of the Ayn Rand in Mr. Cohen.

    The Tedium Is the Message

  • It is almost paper-thin, has no fat or gristle, and dries quickly by whatever method is most convenient for you.

    Oh, Cecina!

  • Somebody bought a rotisserie chicken; we tore into it with our fingers, dipping it into garlic sauce and eating it with pickles and shreds of marquq, paper-thin country bread.

    Day of Honey

  • Tossing and turning on the paper-thin mattress, I was having heart palpitations.

    Welcome to My World

  • The walls are paper-thin, and someone is always up.

    The Memory Palace

  • My studio will be like the simple room of a scribe, filled with pots of paints and sheaves of paper-thin gold.

    The Memory Palace


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