File-fish

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns File-fish a fish of genus Balistes, the skin granulated like a file
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feól; Ger. feile; Dut. vijl.

Usage

In literature:

We were five days in camp, hunting, fishing, fighting files and picking blueberries.
"Eben Holden" by Irving Bacheller
File-fishes also drew his attention particularly.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
And farther on all the little rainbow fishes gathered in shining files.
"Maida's Little Shop" by Inez Haynes Irwin
Presently the lively company filed into the hold, squatted on fish boxes, and proceeded to make themselves comfortable.
"The Chequers" by James Runciman
File-fishes also drew his attention particularly.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
If I was a fish I'd be fond o' angle-worms; bein' born in a wolf's world, with the soul of a wolf, why, damme, I files my teeth!
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
A name of the long-finned file-fish, and so called from its apparently whimsical manner of swimming.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Opposite her Bela, the cause of all the trouble, knelt on the ground carefully filing the points of her fish-hooks.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
He came to his feet, approached a file cabinet, fishing from his pocket a key ring.
"Freedom" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Travellers, provided with sticks, pass it, one after the other, like a file of fish.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
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In poetry:

Our women and our children toiled beside us in the dark —
They died, we filed their fetters, and we heaved them to the shark —
We heaved them to the fishes, but so fast the galley sped
We had only time to envy, for we could not mourn our dead.
"The Galley-Slave" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

As seen in this October 2010 file photo, Texas game wardens constantly patrol Falcon Lake for any kind of illegal activity whether it be drug trafficking or illegal fishing.
Federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking to seize control of the Fulton Fish Market in lower Manhattan, declaring that it is dominated by the Mafia.
Legislation to create a long talked about Massachusetts recreational saltwater fishing license is expected to be filed soon.
In a Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 file photo, men fish from the exposed shore at Lake Lanier in Buford, Ga. Lake Lanier is the main source of water for Atlanta.
Motions to Amend and to Correct have been filed with the Montana Water Court by the United States of America-Department of Interior Fish & Wildlife Service.
Photo by Naples Marco Island Everglades C. File photo Backwater fishing in the Florida Everglades.
Times files A multitude of dead fish float in the inlet at Veterans Memorial Park in this picture from January 2006.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Game and Fish Department has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to regulate lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest.
View full size AP File Photo Asian carp would jeopardize the fishing industry by gobbling up lake plankton.
In this Aug 28, 2012 file photo, a bear cub nicknamed Boo Boo is examined by Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials after he was found by firefighters trying to escape a wildfire near Salmon, Idaho.
Anglers fish for steelhead off the Grand Haven pier in this file photo from November 2007.
This Aug 2005 file photo provided by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, shows a gray wolf pup from the Calder Mountain pack along the Montana and Idaho borders west of Troy, Mont.
Today we are looking at a new lawsuit being filed against the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery by landowner Harriet Bullitt.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a petition seeking to have a small fish in the Virgin River Basin listed as an endangered species by the federal government.
The star of 'Switched at Birth' talks about going virtual in Big Fish Games new 'Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake' video game.
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