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noun

a written or printed record, as of transactions or judicial opinions, especially when used to incriminate someone.

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Origin of paper trail

First recorded in 1975–80
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