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single file

a line of persons or things arranged one behind the other; Indian file.
Origin of single file
1660-70 Unabridged
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  • Not a single file on the detainees survives in the police records.
  • We have to get ours by going in the single file of notes, twisting and turning in graceful patterns.
  • The evacuees went down in single file, leaving room for the firemen who were running in the opposite direction.
  • They rolled south toward the outpost, rattling through sleeping neighborhoods in single file, spaced well apart.
  • Nearly three feet had fallen in the last storm, so that for a week people had to walk single file, in narrow trenches.
  • Slow down and form a single file in congested conditions, reduced visibility, and other hazardous conditions.
  • Deer are herd animals and frequently travel in single file.
British Dictionary definitions for single file

single file

a line of persons, animals, or things ranged one behind the other, either stationary or moving
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