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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

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
References in classic literature ?
But a short distance from the circular chamber we came suddenly into a brilliantly lighted labyrinth of crystal glass partitioned passages.
The light of the lamp in the circular room poured in through the gap.
For it is the inert effort of each thought, having formed itself into a circular wave of circumstance,--as for instance an empire, rules of an art, a local usage, a religious rite,--to heap itself on that ridge and to solidify and hem in the life.
And thus, O circular philosopher, I hear some reader exclaim, you have arrived at a fine Pyrrhonism, at an equivalence and indifferency of all actions, and would fain teach us that if we are true, forsooth, our crimes may be lively stones out of which we shall construct the temple of the true God!
DLL, a global provider of asset based financial solutions, has been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the Award for the Circular Economy Investor, part of the 2016 Circulars Awards program, organized by the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders in collaboration with Accenture.
To combat this, more recent circulars have included a glossary of paper stock terms and acronyms for about 20 different grades.
The circulars are four-page color promotional flyers that are part of Carpet One's strategy to be a dominant advertising force on the national, regional and local levels, according to company executives.
This article offers guidance by discussing both the concept and the practical application of program-specific audit requirements under Office of Management and Budget Circulars A-128, Audits of State and Local Governments, and A-133, Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Not-for-profit Organizations.
By leveraging Specific Media's Dynamic Circular platform, advertisers deliver tailored ads quickly and easily to maximize the efficiency of retail circulars and improve ROI.
Consumers to use shopping circulars to plan store visits and build wish lists based on deals
BALTIMORE -- Vertis Communications today announced the results of its proprietary Customer Focus([R])/RISC: Fashion study, which reveals that 51 percent of adults use advertising inserts or circulars to decide where to shop for clothing items.
American consumers are amongst the world's highest users of circulars for deal-hunting and retailers continue to rely heavily on circulars to drive in-store traffic.
A large number of shares of MOSAID have traded hands recently and Loeb Partners presumes investors have purchased shares in reliance on the statements by MOSAID in its circulars.
20 /PRNewswire/ -- Shopping is now more convenient than ever with Circular Savings E-mail Newsletter, which delivers weekly sales circulars to your inbox .
Information regarding Trizec Canada's directors and executive officers is detailed in its management information circulars and annual reports previously filed with the Canadian Securities Regulators and the management information circular relating to the proposed transactions when it becomes available.