from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a line of people marching one behind another; a single row. Also used adverbially; as, to march Indian file.
- adj. single file; arrangement of persons in a row following one after another, the usual way among Indians of traversing woods, especially when on the war path.
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- n. a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
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At the beginning of Lent, they went in Indian file from the cathedral to St-Remi, each dragging a herring after him by a thread — a symbol of the Lenten abstinence — and each trying to put his foot on the herring dragged by the next canon ahead of him.