paper trail Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"paper trail" in British English

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paper trailnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
a ​series of ​documents that show a ​record of ​youractivities
(Definition of paper trail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"paper trail" in Business English

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paper trailnoun [C,usually singular]

uk   us  
a ​series of ​documents that show a ​record of your ​activities: You are ​required to ​keep a ​papertrail so that ​auditors may ​look over your ​work.
(Definition of paper trail from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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