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A document that is filed or introduced in evidence in a lawsuit, as in the phrases papers in the case and papers on appeal.

Any written or printed statement, including letters, memoranda, legal or business documents, and books of account, in the context of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the people from unreasonable searches and seizures with respect to their "papers" as well as their persons and houses.

In the context of accommodation paper and Commercial Paper, a written or printed evidence of debt.

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It was the very day that George Bush's military tribunals had made the papers, and so we shared our outrage.
And when the pictures made the papers on Thursday morning, all eyes were on the spangly white trainers sported by Becks.
This lead to a stint working for Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and then the windows at Barneys, which he turned into a legendary series of tableaux that regularly made the papers for their outrageous content.

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