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file past (someone or something)

To move past someone or something in a line. Once all of the third-graders filed past, the fourth-graders followed them out of the church. The bridal party filed past the applauding guests.
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file past (someone or something)

[for a line or procession] to move past someone or something. The people filed past the coffin, looking sadly at the still figure inside. As they filed past, some wept openly.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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