Definition of paper trail in English:

paper trail

Syllabification: pa·per trail

noun

chiefly North American
  • The written evidence of someone’s activities: 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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