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file away

1. To remove something with the use of a file. A noun or pronoun can be used between "file" and "away." Is it safe to file away these calluses on my feet?
2. To put paperwork into a designated file and location. A noun or pronoun can be used between "file" and "away." My assistant must have already filed away the paperwork from that meeting—I don't see it here on my desk.
See also: away, file

file something away (from something)

 and file something off ((of) something); file something off
to remove something from something else by filing. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The dentist filed the sharp point away from the tooth. The dentist filed away the sharp point from the tooth. The dentist filed the point off.
See also: away, file

file away

v.
1. To rub against something with or as if with a file until it is smooth or gone: I filed the rough skin away with a pumice stone. The foot doctor filed away my bone spurs.
2. To file some document or other material into the appropriate place: The secretary filed the legal documents away. The receptionist filed away the important memos.
See also: away, file
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We grow up, file away all the kids who never delivered, all the stars who got old, all the weaknesses that weren't overcome.
Quiz fans might want to file away the fact that the longest street name on the map is Sir Winston Churchill Place.
According to the Rheingold Web site, the campaign challenges Bloomberg's "attempts to 'San Francisco-fy' the city," presumably by trying to file away New York's rough edges.
Fortunately, "Office"-philes can file away the DVD of the first season, which the BBC released last month.
It was that close and O'Sullivan rued the game as 'one that got away' - but he urged his side not to dwell on the might-have-beens, file away the disappointment and spend the next week preparing mentally and physically for a huge French challenge.
Of course, by the time we got the camera out, the fun is over, but it's a sight to file away in the old grey cells.
It is not too hard to imagine how such systems could one day be exploited by an authoritarian state to watch every one of us and quietly file away every detail of our daily lives.
I empathize deeply with Bruce MacDonald in his perplexity of having to file away the most valuable passport in the world and give up everything to be with the one he loves ["'Til Uncle Sam Do Us Part," September 14].
Also, make sure you file away the various documents you'll need to complete the tax return - sending off for duplicates could hold things up later on.
This is where a yawning gap seems to open up between the religious and the secular life -- the man or woman in orders can allow divine love to sweep them up and consume them and call it work, but the layman must file away his rare moments of transcendence alongside the office memos or the washing-up and keep his agitation under his hat.