paper trail

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paper trail (plural paper trails)

  1. (idiomatic) A written record, history, or collection of evidence.
    Keep a good paper trail in case anyone asks you why you arrived at that conclusion.
  2. (idiomatic) the records left by a person or organization in the course of activities.

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This term is used most often by lawyers and investigative journalists.