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circular file

A jocular term for a trashcan or waste basket, i.e., a receptacle for unwanted files. You have to make your application really stand out if you don't want it to end up in the employer's circular file.
See also: circular, file

circular firing squad

A group, usually a political party, that is allied against a common enemy or opponent but whose internal disagreements and attacks end up doing more damage to each other than to their target. The lead up to the presidential nomination saw the party devolve into a circular firing squad, as each candidate's vociferous bid to unseat the incumbent president ended up creating huge divisions and disarray within the party itself.
See also: circular, firing, squad

circular file

and round file
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.
See also: circular, file
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Part of DLL's vision is to encourage the transition to the circular economy through innovative and effective financing solutions that support its clients.
The full expected timetable of principal events in relation to the Special Dividend and Share Consolidation is set out in the Circular.
For many years, Circular 230, Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service (31 C.
According to USAID report for the Causes and Impacts of Power Sector Circular Debt in the Pakistan in 2008 circular debt was 161.
The circular urged security units to carefully analyse the entrances and exits frequently used by the illegal migrants and ensure coordination with the related institutions.
The Scrap Specifications Circular 2006 contains several changes approved in April by ISRI's board of directors.
Lawyers and accountants howled as their tax partners pleaded to have a Circular 230 disclosure statement (cautioning that any advice contained in the message could not be relied on to avoid penalties) appended to every email emanating from the firm.
The circular dwellings create a most remarkable impression on the landscape.
Research to date by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has quantified clear economic benefits of a transition to the circular economy which aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest value at all times.
A copy of the Circular will shortly be available on the
ISLAMABAD, March 11, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has shown great concerns over rising inter-corporate circular debt which has reportedly swelled to Rs.
On May 3, 2005, TEI filed the following comments with the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service concerning recent amendments to Circular 230, which sets forth rules for "practice before the IRS.
Treasury issued Circular 230 final regulations in July 2002, governing practice before the IRS.
President Clinton signed the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, which significantly changed the audit requirements for not-for-profit organizations and state and local governments, and in June 1997 the OMB issued Circular A-133, Audits Of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, and the OMB Circular A- 133 Compliance Supplement to provide guidance to auditors who implement the new laws.