circular file

cir·cu·lar fi·lé
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-kyuh-ler fi-ley, fee-ley]
    • /ˈsɜr kyə lər fɪˈleɪ, ˈfi leɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-kyuh-ler fi-ley, fee-ley]
    • /ˈsɜr kyə lər fɪˈleɪ, ˈfi leɪ/

Definitions of circular file words

  • noun circular file a wastebasket 3
  • noun circular file a wastebasket. 1
  • noun circular file (Idiomatic) (humorous) The trash container; the wastebasket. 0

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Origin of circular file

First appearance:

before 1945
One of the 6% newest English words
First recorded in 1945-50

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Parts of speech for Circular file


circular file popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 1% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

circular file usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for circular file

noun circular file

  • garbage can — a container, usually of metal or plastic, for the disposal of waste matter, especially kitchen refuse.
  • wastebasket — a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc.

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