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"in tray" in British English

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in traynoun [C]

uk   us   UK (US inbox)
a ​flat, ​opencontainer where ​letters and other ​documents are put when they ​arrive in a person's ​office and where they are ​kept until the ​person has ​time to ​deal with them: Just put it in my in ​tray and I'll ​look at it ​later.
(Definition of in tray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"in tray" in Business English

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in traynoun

uk   us   UK
[C] (also inbox, also US in basket) WORKPLACE a ​container where ​letters and other ​documents are put when they arrive in a person's ​office, and ​kept until the ​person has ​time to ​deal with them: The ​department was ​understaffed, and my in tray was overflowing.
[S] an ​amount of ​work needing to be done: The new ​chiefexecutive faces a full in tray at the ​company when he ​takescharge next week.
(Definition of in tray from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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