circular file


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circular file

n. Slang
A wastebasket.

cir′cular file′


n.
a wastebasket.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.circular file - a container with an open topcircular file - a container with an open top; for discarded paper and other rubbish
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
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As does the fact there's now a quar-r ter-final round, which means the top two teams in each group go through and defeat in the first game doesn't necessarily consign the rest of the event to the circular file.
This is best evidenced by her activity in the artists' collective Circular File, which includes spa-oriented performances and a segment for a 2009 Performa-commissioned television series, Circular File Channel, that commingles young artists with plotlines more appropriate for a crime drama than for today's gallery-laden Lower East Side.
It's long past time to throw the sucker into the circular file and write a new one people can understand.
Many shareholders chuck such materials right into the circular file, perhaps not realizing they are throwing away their only chance to make their voices heard on important corporate issues.
If it is lengthy and hard to read, it could end up in the circular file.