paper aeroplane

paper aeroplane
   a project to construct a new aircraft
   Usually drawn in outline with a draft specification in the hope of securing backing for development costs from a potential customer or government. The pun is less obvious with paper helicopter:
    There is a heavy health warning about assuming that paper helicopters always fly. {Daily Telegraph, 2 March 1994, reporting on a document prepared by a manufacturer)

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