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- adjective resembling a file
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At high tide fishes come and crunch them, shells and all, and multitudes of carnivorous snails are waiting to set their file-like tongues at work, which mercilessly drill through the lime shells, bringing death in a more subtle but no less certain form.
The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature's Year William Beebe 1919
But one cannot read a page of him without feeling that he is a writer who writes from out of his own experiences, from out of the shocks and jolts and rough file-like edges of raw reality.
Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations John Cowper Powys 1917
He rubbed a file-like ridge of one on a rough part of the other.
The Tale of Chirpy Cricket Arthur Scott Bailey 1913
I knew that the end had come, for in another second his file-like tongue would have rasped through the skin of my leg -- which was luckily pretty tough -- and have drawn the blood, and then there would be no chance for me.
Stories by English Authors: Africa (Selected by Scribners) Percy Addleshaw 1891
Then I knew that the end had come, for in another second his file-like tongue would have rasped through the skin of my leg -- which was luckily pretty tough -- and have tasted the blood, and then there would be no chance for me.
Long Odds Henry Rider Haggard 1890
In dressing the surface some implement has been used that has left file-like scratches.
Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made During the Field Season of 1881 Third Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1881-82, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1884, pages 427-510 William Henry Holmes 1889
With the file-like forelegs a morsel of convenient size is shaped from the piece of dung placed in the cage.
Social Life in the Insect World Jean-Henri Fabre 1869
Towards the end of the week, however, his kiss on the hand made me almost regret my liberality, his beard, which by that time had had the benefit of some days 'growth, had such an irritating, file-like effect!
When you're working with variations of a file-like backups or different file types-it can get tedious typing out the same commands with small tweaks.
Gizmodo Whitson Gordon 2011
Serializing XML to a Stream tostring () actually writes to an in-memory file-like object and then returns a string representing the entire element tree.
New: All Things O'Reilly Doug Hellmann 2010