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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Try sorting mail into four piles: junk which goes directly to the circular file; bills which immediately go into an unpaid fills file; correspondence or actionable items that require a response; and reading material which you plan to read later.
A few years later, a new PSC administration took over and delivered to the 'circular file' (garbage bin) both our plans and programs for PhilSports and the Master Plan that was painstakingly put together with the help of sports stakeholders in the government and private business, the academe, sport managers and administrators and the Australian Sports Commission (PSC counterpart), the Australian Institute of Sports (AIS, or the counterpart of the emerging PhilSports) and Price Waterhouse, one of the world's largest auditing/accounting and management consulting firms.
In fact, there is every reason to use the analogy from smoking and to warn legislators that "divorce is dangerous to the health of the nation," or "divorce kills society." I do hope that all the proposed bills legalizing divorce will end up in the "circular file." There are numerous more constructive bills, such as the competition law or anti-dynasty bill, that should occupy the attention of the legislators.
Without a specific person designated, readers (remember, they are likely already angry at the paper) might believe their request falls into the online equivalent of the "circular file." The contact information should include an email and a telephone number.
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.
However, having worked in the corporate world for many years, I can say that most expensive brochures end up in the circular file (aka the trash can).
Otherwise, one of the quickest ways to hinder a relationship and wind up in the circular file is to be off-topic and not relevant.
It's long past time to throw the sucker into the circular file and write a new one people can understand.
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.