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justina bandol
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:58:28 PM
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She drove, as instructed, beneath towering gantries, up a ramp, and down through narrow marked lanes, peering round the piece of paper that a man in a kiosk had slapped on to the middle of her windscreen. She was waved to the head of an empty file. She got out of the car and felt the sea wind whip her hair. There were two container lorries to her left and a dozen or so smaller goods vehicles between marked lines round the dock; it was not a popular crossing.

What is the "empty file"? Some kind of lane where people wait in line to get aboard a ship?
thar
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:18:14 PM

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Yes. A file is a line. Except that if it was empty, there was no queue, just her.

It is a strange usage to me, because normally it is the line of cars or people that make the file. Not the space where they would be. That is more like a lane, marked off on the dock.

The line was empty except for her, because she was the only traveller with a car. The other traffic was commercial vans and lorries.



ChrisKC
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:44:44 PM

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Slightly out of context but the word "file" is also used on a chessboard in which there can be an open (empty) file.
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Good to know.
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