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 for Cross-cut file
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  File \File\ (f[imac]l), n. [AS. fe['o]l; akin to D. viji, OHG.
     f[imac]la, f[imac]hala, G. feile, Sw. fil, Dan. fiil, cf.
     Icel. [thorn][=e]l, Russ. pila, and Skr. pi[,c] to cut out,
     adorn; perh. akin to E. paint.]
     1. A steel instrument, having cutting ridges or teeth, made
        by indentation with a chisel, used for abrading or
        smoothing other substances, as metals, wood, etc.
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     Note: A file differs from a rasp in having the furrows made
           by straight cuts of a chisel, either single or crossed,
           while the rasp has coarse, single teeth, raised by the
           pyramidal end of a triangular punch.
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     2. Anything employed to smooth, polish, or rasp, literally or
        figuratively.
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              Mock the nice touches of the critic's file.
                                                    --Akenside.
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     3. A shrewd or artful person. [Slang] --Fielding.
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              Will is an old file in spite of his smooth face.
                                                    --Thackeray.
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     Bastard file, Cross file, etc. See under Bastard,
        Cross, etc.
  
     Cross-cut file, a file having two sets of teeth crossing
        obliquely.
  
     File blank, a steel blank shaped and ground ready for
        cutting to form a file.
  
     File cutter, a maker of files.
  
     Second-cut file, a file having teeth of a grade next finer
        than bastard.
  
     Single-cut file, a file having only one set of parallel
        teeth; a float.
  
     Smooth file, a file having teeth so fine as to make an
        almost smooth surface.
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