Back-of-the-envelope meaning

(idiomatic) Approximate, rough, simplified, especially of a calculation, estimation or other reasoning.

Do some back-of-the-envelope calculations before all the facts come in.

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Alternative Form of back-of-the-envelope - back-of-an-envelope

Origin of back-of-the-envelope

  • From the idea that the calculation or reasoning would be jotted down on any available scrap of paper such as the actual back of an envelope.

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