Example with a context:

(The story was refiled to paragraph 12, to say "another person's vehicle" from "the man's vehicle" to make clear the person carjacked was not the student who was shot)

Refile literally means to file again (meaning, to take a bunch of documents and put them in an index card file cabinet or something similar to that) as in let's refile these files because they have been updated, but I'm not really sure what they mean by refiled to paragraph 12 in the sentence above. Any ideas?


This is a jargon usage. In the US since about 1900 newspaper reporters have been said to file a story when they turn it in to the editor, whether as a typescript or a telephone or telegraph report.

Here, refile signifies that the reporters rewrote that part of the story.

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