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paper trail

noun

: documents (such as financial records or memos) that make it possible for someone at a later time to know what was done, discussed, etc.

Full Definition of PAPER TRAIL

:  documents (as financial records) from which a person's actions may be traced or opinions learned
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Examples of PAPER TRAIL

  1. They covered up the fraud and were careful not to leave a paper trail.

First Known Use of PAPER TRAIL

1955

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