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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 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 Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, which now convenes over 50 CEOs, Ministers and experts, will continue to do just this, while also challenging the leaders to bring more of their peers onboard to shape practical actions, commitments and collaborations.
The budget call circular, it may be added, is issued every year to all federal ministries/ departments wherein the Finance Division calls upon them to initiate the budget making process.
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