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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

no hawkers, no circulars

A sign placed outside homes and businesses to discourage unwelcome solicitation, often by mail. We have a plaque outside that says "No hawkers, no circulars," and yet we still get all this junk mail shoved in our front door.
See also: circular, no
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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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The analogy fails to capture the vicious circularity involved in absolute creationism.
The reduction in moisture content during the drying causes reduction in the bulk density, true density, thousand-grain mass, circularity, sphericity and projected and surface areas.
Caption: Figure 3: Comparison of capsule opening circularity among the FLC group and the small CCC, middle CCC, and large CCC subgroups.
the material removal rate, tool wear rate, circularity and cylindricity and it is shown in (5), (6), (7) and (8).
Circularity indices of as-spun samples A, B, and C (Table 1) were calculated to be 0.65, 0.66, and 0.72, respectively.
The former view developed in response to the latter, and since it is one of the newest theoretical developments in the field of political economy, its well-formulated criticisms are still comparatively rare The one I find the most interesting, and the one I would like to address in the present paper, is centered around the so-called "circularity problem" (Morris, 1998; Lee, 2008; Buchanan, 2011), which focuses on the alleged inherent institutional shortcomings of legal polycentrism The problem in question can be summarized as follows:
The particles have a mean circularity of from about 0.1 to about 0.4, a mean solidity of from approximately 0.4 to 0.75 and a mean roughness from approximately 0.1 to 0.3.
This offers the ability to control dot size, operation speed, and improve higher dot positional accuracy with better dot characteristics, e.g., good circularity.
In Table 1, Num is seeds number, A is area, P is perimeter, C is circularity, E is elongation, and R is rectangularity.
It includes articles on the history of Western, African, and Islamic philosophy; treatments of hermeneutics, aesthetics, functionalism, and Kantian ethics; many technical terms in philosophy, such as circularity in argument, mental events, and reductionism; and topics like gender in international law, ecology, cosmology, animals, choice, bad faith, categorical thinking, character, community, democracy, friendship, existence, doubt, feminist ethics, evil, language, jurisprudence, infinity, hedonism, idolatry, naturalism, lying, moral realism, pain, reality, theism, the self, and virtue.
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When asked whether the show's pilot would be referenced in the finale, Gilligan said: "There's a certain type of circularity that might be pleasing".