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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The road now grew rougher, the guide leading and the rest following in single-file, Sylvia just ahead of Harley.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • In single-file the men marched through the communicating trench.

  • It was a single-file trail, and he walked in advance, silent as an Indian.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • I understand that the arrival undiscovered was a result of riding in single-file and thus shewing no black mass.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • He made out a single-file column moving rapidly across a field, off the road.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Leaving the servants outside, single-file we trailed through the dark passage guarded by the wicketgate.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • There was a steady, single-file procession of ants, with occasional gaps in the line.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • He clucked to his horse and the little cavalcade wound, single-file, up a narrow horse-trail toward the hills.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • Passing out in single-file through the gate, they came upon Grey; but still they did not stop.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • Beside the narrow board-walk over which the single-file line traveled, lay a circular affair of iron.

    White Fire Roy J. Snell
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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