paper trail

paper trail
the written evidence of someone's activities

this paper trail consisted mainly of electronically stored information

Hypernyms: ↑written record, ↑written account

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noun, pl ⋯ trails [count]
chiefly US : documents (such as financial records or memos) that make it possible for someone at a later time to know what was done, discussed, etc.

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

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ˈpaper trail [paper trail] noun (informal, especially NAmE)
a series of documents that provide evidence of what you have done or what has happened

He was a shrewd lawyer with a talent for uncovering paper trails of fraud.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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