A new word or phrase from the Hans Wehr dictionary, every Wednesday.
حبر على ورق mere ink on paper, of no effect (e.g., an agreement, a treaty)
Example: “لَمْ يَعُد الاِتِّفاقُ مُجَرَّدَ حِبرٍ على وَرَقٍ إذ يَتَحَقَّقُ ما يَنُصُّ عَلَيهِ على أَرضِ الواقِع”
Translation: “the agreement is no longer merely ink on paper, with what it stipulates coming into effect on the ground”
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* The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th Edition