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file down

To reduce something with the use of a file. A noun or pronoun can be used between "file" and "down." Do you think I can just file down the corn on my foot?
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file something down

to level off a protrusion by filing. File this edge down so no one gets cut on it. Please file down this edge.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

file down

v.
To cause wear on something by rubbing against or filing it, reducing its size: I filed down my fingernails before the party. The dentist filed the jagged tooth down.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It looks like a real live leg, filed down to nothing but the core; he'll be standing on this to-morrow; he'll be taking altitudes on it.
When Norman of Torn had assured himself that no human power could now save the doomed pile, he ordered that the march be taken up, and the warriors filed down the roadway behind their leader and Bertrade de Montfort, leaving their erstwhile prisoners sorely puzzled but unharmed and free.
It was an inconvenient and exacting institution, as requiring everything in the universe to be filed down and fitted to it.
* Women 'must wear nail varnish' and when one nail breaks 'they should all be filed down'
I replaced the front sight with one from Brownells, which was filed down to put my go-to handload (Nosier 180-grain Ballistic Tip at 2,650 fps) on the point of aim at 100 yards.
Dr Vegad also filed down some of Mr Amin's teeth so there was adequate space for the aligners to move.
Then, with the help of a brush, the hooves are cleaned and then filed down to the desired length.
Scrub heels on a daily basis and keep hard skin filed down," said Emma.
An employee of the business, who did not want to be named, said: "They've filed down the main gate locks out of the compound, filed down locks on the shutter door and smashed through a PVC door as well.
As throngs of Danish fans filed down the stadium stairs after the final whistle and out into the night, more than the odd chorus of Come On You Boys In Green accompanied them.
More than 7,200 Germans were taken prisoner by Second Army and filed down the ridge into captivity.
Then the teeth on each side of the gap are filed down to specific dimensions.