file down he looked at her with pain and hatred, fifty years of marriage filed down to this. what does "filed down to this" mean?
May 6, 2013 2:01 PM
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"File down" is a phrasal verb that means to make something smooth by filing (for example, to file down your nails). In this context, it is being used metaphorically. All the extra elements of the man's marriage have been "filed down" (reduced), and he is left with the one element of his marriage that he is talking about. I hope that's clear! It's difficult to explain fully without more context.
May 6, 2013
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