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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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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.
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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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Alphones, "Teo-shaped slotted-circular-patch antenna for circularly polarized radiation and RF energy harvesting," Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, vol.
Dogan, "A circularly polarized omnidirectional low loss Ka-band slot antenna", IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation Society, Chicago, USA, 2012, pp.
"Circularly Polarized Aperture Coupled Circular Microstrip Patch Antennas for L-Band Applications." IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 47 (5): 933-940.
(d) Simulation layout for modeling the SHG from the metasurfaces illuminated by circularly polarized pulses.
Cen, "Design of dual circularly polarized antenna with high isolation for RFID application," Progress in Electromagnetics Research, vol.
The circularly polarized antenna designed was characterized by left-turn circular polarization (LHCP).
However, in such a design by simply combining two circularly polarized slot antennas, there are as many as 10 parameters that need adjusting, such as [R.sub.o], [R.sub.i], [w.sub.o], [w.sub.i], [L.sub.t], [L.sub.s], [W.sub.t], t, [l.sub.1], [l.sub.2], and d, which make the antenna design complex.
de Maagt, "Planar circularly symmetric EBG structures for reducing surface waves in antennas," IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol.
In that way, the right-hand circularly polarized electromagnetic wave can propagate through a plasma just as in vacuum because the electrons no longer interact with the plasma.
Chapters describe research in nonlinear behaviors of microwrinkles under compression, tricritical phenomena in nonionic microemulsion systems and constant temperature and pressure, single molecular detection on circularly permuted green fluorescent protein, and surface and interfacial tension behavior of novel alkyl methylnaphthalene sulfonate surfactant solutions.
However the violation of parity equires that the photons be emitted as an incoherent mixture of El and Ml radiations and therefore the radiation is left circularly polarized and the transfer of helicity from electron to photon approaches 100% at the end-point of the spectrum.
This model receives signals from eight antennas located within a circularly disposed antenna array and outputs the filtered spectrum for amplification, tuning and digitizing.
Contrary to traditional polarization interferometers, work is carried out in circularly polarized light.