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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.
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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.
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The multiple regression coefficients for Circularity was found to be 98.
In sum, there does not seem to be any insurmountable problem of circularity confronting the position of legal polycentrism Falling back on the hierarchy of levels of social analysis described in the new institutionalist literature (Williamson, 1998, 2000) allows us to generate a regression theorem of institutional development which disposes of any troublesome circularity in this context.
Authors such as Lerner and Carleton (1966), Baginski and Wahlen (2003), Pfeiffer (2004), Rao and Stevens (2007), Vishwanath (2007), Apreda (2008), Woolley (2009), and some practitioners, recognize the existence of circularity but do not offer a solution to the problem.
But this circularity is no worse than the circularity of a dividend, (3) which is a common way that corporations distribute cash to their shareholders.
Consequently, he reveals the multiple levels on which the phenomenon of pedagogical circularity comes into play.
This paper specifically investigates the approaches focusing on Kaplan's proposal on the circularity and linearity of rhetorical structures.
CE diameter is the diameter of a circle with the same area as the particle, and is back-calculated from area measurements, while circularity is a measure of how close the particle's 2D projection is to a perfect circle.
The variation of deviations from the circularity of part measured in the zone of connection between wall and flange is presented in Fig.
He documents how a pattern of circularity actually began in 1870 with Mexicans crossing to work and then returning to Mexico.
Spindle HRV control and thermal compensation ensure dynamic accuracy and circularity to 0.
Some form of plot circularity is attempted when Dan, dumped by Nicole, goes on a blind date with Thierry's sister.
In these works, our fears about progress and modernity are exorcised as Benassi constructs an eternal moment that fuses the natural with the mechanical, a permanent circularity that leaves us, as Igor Stravinsky once put it, "no time to hurry.