"I'll go to the papers since it's the most appropriate thing to do."
I received this email not long ago from a blogger. (He is Scottish by origin.) He was complaining about plagiarism of an article written by one of the members of the team. (The article was later declared free from plagiarism.)
SOP of my company dictates that any issue with a potential of a lawsuit or negative publicity must be escalated.
That time, I figured his sentiment fell into that category. Upon escalation, the team leader called my attention, saying that she was not particularly sure if it warranted the action. Apparently, that was the first time she heard of go to the papers. (She is American.)
I told her the same was true for me. (English is not my mother tongue.) And that I only deduced what the words meant in context. I assumed go to the papers could mean:
- to publicize, as in approach a press member to put this on paper;
- proceed with a legal case, as lawsuits involve a lot of paperwork.
I doubt the latter is the case. It is both pretty silly and far-fetched. Still, as I am not 100% certain with the first one, I included this here just in case.
I searched almost everywhere on the Internet. But there seems to be only one reference to this: here. Unfortunately, Randy Orton does not seem to be an authority based on the comments of the video.