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tickler file

a file consisting of memoranda, notices, electronic signals, or the like that serves to remind the user of matters that must be attended to.
Origin of tickler file
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It turns out that the file a secretary keeps to remind her boss to do certain things at certain times is called a tickler file.

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