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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FILING

Invariably, the mistake will be made of filing the width first, so the key will fit in.

A rasping sound, like the filing of a saw, came from the tin roof.

It was an idiosyncrasy of Jackson's to gather and take with him every filing.

This plan is preferred by many inventors to filing a caveat.

My assistant tells me he has seen his grandfather use it when filing glass.

The only thing is that he insists on your filing it before you actually say it.

It was three weeks before the mayor's petition could be got ready for filing.

Last I knew she was still at it, had charge of one of the filing cases.

They were filing into the enclosure around the quartermaster's tent.

Sometimes our fingers were quite sore with the hammering and filing.

WORD ORIGIN

"to place (papers) in consecutive order for future reference," mid-15c., from Middle French filer "string documents on a wire for preservation or reference," from fil "thread, string" (12c.), from Latin filum "a thread, string," from PIE *gwhis-lom (cf. Armenian jil "sinew, string, line," Lithuanian gysla "vein, sinew," Old Church Slavonic zila "vein"), from root *gwhi- "thread, tendon." The notion is of documents hung up on a line.

Methods have become more sophisticated, but the word has stuck. Related: Filed; filing.

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