What does paper trail mean?

Definitions for paper trail
pa·per trail

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word paper trail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. paper trail(noun)

    the written evidence of someone's activities

    "this paper trail consisted mainly of electronically stored information"


  1. paper trail(Noun)

    A written record, history, or collection of evidence.

  2. paper trail(Noun)

    the records left by a person or organization in the course of activities.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paper trail in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paper trail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of paper trail in a Sentence

  1. Senator Guingona:

    The paper trail ends there. That is the problem, right now we are at a dead end.

  2. Linda Batiste:

    Keep those lines of communication open, and if worse comes to worst, you’ll be glad you had a paper trail.

  3. Elijah Cummings:

    There is a paper trail that the WH does not want our committee to follow. But let it be known that we will follow it.

  4. Michael Eisenberg:

    You want to have your documentation in order so that when you write this back as a 'bad debt,' you have a paper trail.

  5. Sally Thompson:

    In Burma, everything was cloak and dagger, you didn't leave a paper trail, for your own protection. You didn't talk about things openly, you didn't share information because you couldn't trust anybody.

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