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A folder in a drawer

Posted by MichaelFR on May 18, 2004

In Reply to: A folder in a drawer posted by sunny on May 18, 2004

: I ran across this expression in a movie.
: when a detective asks a witness what he saw,
: he refuses to tell the former what he eyewitnessed.
: and says like that:
: "you don't understand me how I feel.
: All I am to you is a folder in a drawer."


My humble opinion...
It probably means the detective is only interested getting the witness testimony, don't care for the witness him(her)self as a human being.
He just want to collect information that will end-up typed and filed in a folder as evidence for the prosecutors. Folder that can be filed into a cabinet or desk drawer.