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paper trail

n. Informal
A series of documents providing evidence of one's actions: "Judges leave a paper trail, a track record of opinions that tell, literally, where they are coming from" (Ellen Goodman).
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pa′per trail`


n.
a written or printed record, as of transactions or judicial opinions, esp. when used to incriminate someone.
[1975–80]
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Noun1.paper trail - the written evidence of someone's activitiespaper trail - the written evidence of someone's activities; "this paper trail consisted mainly of electronically stored information"
written account, written record - a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events
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