circular file

noun Facetious.
a wastebasket.

Origin:
1945–50

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circular file definition


and round file
  1. n.
    a wastebasket. (See also file thirteen.) : Most of the junk mail sits here until I can put it into the circular file. , Oh, that letter? It went straight to the round file.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
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.
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