Definition of paper trail in English:

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paper trail


A series of documents providing written evidence of a sequence of events or the activities of a person or organization: it is very important to have a paper trail in the event of a dispute the paper trail led the FBI to him in just six days
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  • The paper trail led far beyond the inspector to entrap top bureaucrats and key jurists in the web of corruption.
  • Thus a paper trail has led US law enforcement to identify at least twelve of the hijackers with certainty.
  • Last night the emergence of a clear paper trail over the visa application for his lover's nanny hastened the collapse of his own political credibility.

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Syllabification: pa·per trail

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