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file off

To remove something with the use of a file. A noun or pronoun can be used between "file" and "off." Is it safe to file off these calluses on my feet?
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file off (of) (something)

To remove something with the use of a file. A noun or pronoun can be used between "file" and "off." Is it safe to file these calluses off my feet? Someone filed off the serial number of the stolen car, so there's no way to track its original owner.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

file something off

((of) something) Go to file something away (from something).
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file something off Go to file something

away (from something).
See also: file, go, off, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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said Wednesday it has successfully pumped out crude oil through a test well in an undersea oil filed off southern Vietnam.
If the center pin comes up short, a small amount can be filed off the rod tip, but first we must take one more measurement before taking that step.
The second was found with its serial number filed off outside a Tesco in Dunfermline - in place of a third stolen ride.
Thinking quickly, I filed off a quick e-note to our West Coast sales rep, whose territory would include The Islands.
Then came the hugs - a scene repeated over and over for hours as 3,200 men and women filed off the aircraft carrier.
Some jagged edges of the original bill were filed off, however.
The men who planned their capers, cased their victims, filed off the registration numbers on their weapons, hit hard, and then disappeared into the night appeared to share little with the swaggering ruffians of sailors' bars.
Stolen weapons invariably have had the serial number filed off when they are seized by security officers, making the tracing of the weapon back to its original owner laborious and time-consuming.
It shows no signs of having been filed off, but it seems like one never existed.
It's as though people believe that fiction doesn't exist, that it's all real people's experiences with the serial numbers filed off, a kind of mask.
Then as the players filed off the field after Stourbridge's second league victory of the season, one figure was spotted lying prone on the ground.
A search of Folmer's residence turned up 13.5 grams of cocaine, 351 quarter-sized candies suspected of containing THC, 40 amphetamine pills, a scale with cocaine residue on it, 46.3 grams of marijuana, a .357 Magnum revolver, a .38-caliber revolver and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun that had its serial number filed off, the search warrant said.