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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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This year The Circulars attracted 296 entries from 45 countries.
Historically this has been challenging for retailers since printed circulars have been distributed both in-store and as newspaper inserts.
The circulars expressly provide that these MAs shall be deemed approved.
Department stores accounted for more than 10% of the circulars.
We never used circulars before this and now we wonder why we waited so long.
CPAs should be aware that an organizationwide audit under Circulars A-128 and A-133 is not always necessary for eligible federal grant recipients.
To provide support for the above position, we begin by providing a brief chronological history of Federal audit requirements and then compare the requirements of OMB Circular A-133 to OMB Circular A-128, Audits of State and Federal Governments.
The Specific Media Dynamic Circular platform gives retailers who are already doing print circulars another means of reaching consumers and driving traffic into brick-and-mortar stores," said David Jakubowski, senior vice president, Specific Media.
The Circulars awards program attracted 212 entries from 36 countries.
So the question isn't what would replace print circulars but how to make circulars more relevant to shoppers across all media channels--mobile, online and print--while raising their value for retailers and brands.
58 percent of Daredevils and 50 percent of Guardians research by circular and then purchase at store (See Figure A)
Dental floss and other oral care accessories were promoted in 7% of circulars.
A large number of shares of MOSAID have traded hands recently and Loeb Partners presumes investors have purchased shares in reliance on the statements by MOSAID in its circulars.
Information regarding Trizec Canada's directors and executive officers is detailed in its management information circulars and annual reports previously filed with the Canadian Securities Regulators and the management information circular relating to the proposed transactions when it becomes available.