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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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All the morning an endless double procession of mule-mounted tourists filed past us along the narrow path--the one procession going, the other coming.
As he had been personally known to every man, woman and well-grown child in the village, the funeral, as the local newspaper phrased it, "was largely attended." In accordance with a custom of the time and place, the coffin was opened at the graveside and the entire assembly of friends and neighbors filed past, taking a last look at the face of the dead.
They filed past him one by one and answered his questions.
They filed past my table; the Night noticed perhaps my fixed gaze and throwing her body forward out of the wriggling chain shot out at me a slender tongue like a pink dart.
Then the people filed past to the right and to the left by hundreds and by thousands, and presently the grass of the slopes could be seen no more, because of their number.
That sneering young cub got taken down a peg or two on that occasion, and I also seized the opportunity of having a good look at the face of every foremast man as they filed past me to go to the after braces.
Thousands of people have filed past his coffin this week during three days of national mourning for Annan who was called 'one of the truly iconic figures of modern times' by Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo.
As expected, members of the umbrella family, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) dominated the numbers that filed past the body of Mr Amissah-Arthur, who until his death was a member of the party.
Even the agency's first petition for review at the level of the COA National Government Sector Cluster 6 was already filed past the deadline, but the said office only decided to relax the procedural rules and denied the appeal on its merits.
"After a few drinks over an extended lunchbreak, we returned to the college where the head of department held the door open for us as we filed past, breathing beer over him."
As all the royal households of Europe filed past us, including all the ones no longer on the throne, the genetic similarity of their noses, eyes and chins etc jumped out at you.
The grieving 47-year-old singer greeted hundreds of mourners who filed past his open casket.
His father Alan Snr hugged hundreds of his son's friends as they filed past his coffin yesterday and told them: "I love you."
Even now, I still cringe at the thought of my mum sweeping the path outside our house dressed in a pair of green velvet bell bottoms, just as my pals filed past.
NNA - Thousands of mourners on Tuesday filed past the coffin of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, bidding farewell to a charismatic activist whose brazen assassination shocked the country.