One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To polish or smooth the surface of again, using a file; to sharpen (the blade or teeth of a tool or weapon) for a second or subsequent time.
1with object To replace in order, especially in an alphabetical or numerical sequence; to replace in a file.
2with object Law. To submit (a legal document, plea, charge, etc.) for a second or subsequent time.
3no object To reapply to an authority for.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in First Book Preseruation Henry VII. From re- + file<br>late 18th century. From re- + file.
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