circular file


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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 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.
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And you could certainly reengineer your desk and rightsize those idiotic memos from HR to the circular file.
Afterward, you may be inspired to ditch the surveys in the circular file you bought on the way out of the store.
These monstrous compilations end up in the in-box - or worse, the circular file - and are deleted from e-mail because no one has the time or the incentive to read them.
Press releases that read like ads get tossed into the circular file.
And the freedom for each team to determine lineout numbers has also been thrown in the circular file marked Waste of Time and Effort.
When the item came up before the council, Councilor-at-Large Gary Rosen, one of seven councilors who co-sponsored the order requesting the report, thanked the city administration for the report and simply moved to have it filed, which is the parliamentary equivalent of placing it in the circular file.
A renewal notice that is unclear about the terms you're offering or the expiration date of the current subscription will likely end up in the circular file.
Poor quality design, paper, writing, photography or art, typos and other faux pas will end your chances of being taken seriously faster than you can say circular file.