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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.
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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.
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Dual-Band Circularly Polarized Microstrip Antenna For GPS Application.
2x eye length; anterior margin of clypeus deeply circularly emarginated medially, supraclypeal area flatly protruding to point of interantennal carinae, interantennal carinae sharply ridged between antennae, becoming gradually flattened, scarcely converging downward, short, ending about 1/4 way from ventral margin of toruli to clypeus.
It is possible to control movement direction of the part the same way as if the plane is excided circularly [8], i.
Proposition 26 ((LZ)) Let [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and let [alpha], [beta], [gamma], [delta] [member of] [n] \ S be circularly ordered.
To produce the circularly polarized field, one axis of the field was phase-shifted 90 [degrees] with respect to the other axis.
Depending on where you are in the water, it gives you a variable gravitational effect, allowing you to work against the resistance of water vertically, horizontally, and circularly.
Amorphous, randomly oriented polymer films, can be aligned using a linearly polarized laser, and the orientation can be destroyed by a circularly polarized laser, thus creating a reversible optical storage process in a millisecond time frame.
The wood block is advanced to the face of the disc in a manner such that its long grain direction can be controlled at various angles with respect to the path of the circularly travelling teeth and thereby changing the nature of the resulting fibrous elements.
It is demonstrated that circularly polarized radiation induces fermion resonance without the use of a permanent magnet, a technique that we name radiatively induced fermion resonance (RFR).
I'm told by the family expert you need to master the art of circular breathing in order to get a proper tune but we won't have an argument about that until we have an instrument to circularly breath into.
Specifically for airport surface and/or approach radar, CHL delivers X-band slotted antennas, as well as circularly polarised Ku-band antennas.
They found high levels of circularly polarized light in a region of the Great Nebula in the constellation of Orion, a star birthplace 1,500 light years away.
After the presentation of the gifts to the prince, Daniel and Inigo Jones mounted a richly elaborate sea-scene dominated above by the opening of the heavens, which appeared as three circles of lights and glasses, one within another, which began to move circularly.
But, circularly, the "male"--first the male member, then the hand--is altered into its opposite gender, then back again: The hand, usually acting as female organ, here masculinely "feminizes" the male organ and then is explicitly associated with the female.
The fibers can be used in various deployments from simplistic low sensitivity, low accuracy, linear polarization systems through to high sensitivity, high accuracy, circularly polarized systems.