paper trail

noun
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of paper trail

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

Examples of paper trail in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of paper trail

1935

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Definition of paper trail for English Language Learners

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


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