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single file

noun
1.
a line of persons or things arranged one behind the other; Indian file.
Origin of single file
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70
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  • The trail was very narrow in places, so that they had to walk in single file.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • A moment later three men walked, single file, into the room.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • There was only just room to do so in single file, and I went first with the lantern.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • Behind him in single file, imitating his step, marched the other Indians.

  • Jan followed, and the other men fell in behind in single file.

    Wind Charles Louis Fontenay
  • We will walk in single file; I in front of you, and Fred behind you.'

British Dictionary definitions for single file

single file

noun
1.
a line of persons, animals, or things ranged one behind the other, either stationary or moving
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