file thirteen

file 13

A wastepaper basket. We don't need those reports anyway—you can put them in file 13.
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file thirteen

n. the wastebasket. (see also circular file.) I’m afraid that the papers you want went into file thirteen two days ago.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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I have seen many innovation initiatives start up and exciting challenges are launched and the participants give great ideas and everybody is having a lot of fun....and then innovation dies a not-so-slow death as the ideas end up in file thirteen after the initial hype is over.