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circular file

noun, Facetious.
1.
a wastebasket.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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Examples from the web for circular file
  • If the opposing view is all doom and gloom apply it to the same circular file.
  • If you don't know what office provides the service, check the circular file on the reception desk.
  • So any report is likely to go right into the circular file.
Slang definitions & phrases for circular file

circular file

noun phrase

A wastebasket (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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