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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?
See also: down, file

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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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.
See also: down, file
References in classic literature ?
In this way we had progressed to within about a mile of the hills we were endeavoring to reach when Dejah Thoris, from her point of vantage upon the thoat, cried out that she saw a great party of mounted men filing down from a pass in the hills several miles away.
He looked at them, and saw in them, without knowing it, the slow sure filing down of misery-worn face and figure, that was to make the meagreness of Frenchmen an English superstition which should survive the truth through the best part of a hundred years.
By-and- by the procession went filing down the steep descent of the main avenue, the flickering rank of lights dimly revealing the lofty walls of rock almost to their point of junction sixty feet overhead.
I now have one heck of a shooter after filing down the front sight blade.
I have studied the two parts (trigger and sear) in relation to each other and can see no reason why I couldn't add some weld to the trigger top where it meets the sear and then filing down the weld to mate the two parts for a better fit.
A US truck driver kept sex slaves in his lorry trailer for months at a time while he travelled the country, filing down their teeth, forcing them to alter their appearance and beating them until they nearly passed out, authorities said.
A Utah truck driver kept sex slaves in his semitrailer for months at a time while he traveled the country, filing down their teeth, forcing them to alter their appearance and beating them until they nearly passed out, The Seattle Times reported today.
Both parties have thrown themselves into the contest, with a string of ministers and high-profile figures filing down to Eastleigh to campaign, but there have been signs that the Lib Dems, who have a strong council presence in the area, have mobilised most effectively so far.
Several independent, peer-reviewed studies, however, including one by the National Academy of Sciences, have concluded that microstamping is flawed and unreliable, can easily be circumvented in mere seconds by filing down the code using common household items and is even compromised by the wear caused by normal use of the firearm.
Carroll: First, we need to break filing down by line of business--property/casualty and life/annuity.
Mark Thorkildsen, 26, who spotted the workmen filing down the plinths, said: "It is an absolute mess."
She's explored the role of quirky female solo act and now she's filing down some of those edges without losing her uniqueness as a musician.
The gang is believed to have stolen cars across the US and then had them shipped to the UAE where they were to be sold on to unsuspecting customers.Gang members were filing down the original serial numbers and then changing them to a legitimate number.
She set to work filing down my feet - which is not nearly as scary as it sounds.
They include Alisa (Red Madrell), who is pregnant, and Trife (Aml Ameen), her boyfriend who is more concerned with filing down guns for his drug-dealer uncle.