Meaning of in tray in English:

in tray

Pronunciation /ˈɪn treɪ/


mainly British
  • A tray on a person's desk for letters and documents that have to be dealt with.

    ‘First, the best way to avoid a piled-up in tray is to deal with jobs immediately, either by doing them, or by deciding never to do them.’
    • ‘My single attempt was thwarted by an indolent server and my second never emerged past the exigencies of an overloaded in tray and inbox.’
    • ‘More often than not it is the basic skills which can let an organisation down: the missed file at the bottom of the in tray; the misfiled paperwork; the lost post-it note or the forgotten message.’
    • ‘The outcome of this irresponsible act is that we now have no bridge records at all with the exception of what is in my in tray.’
    • ‘On Thursday afternoon and Friday my in tray spilled over with spoof emails from co-workers, requesting my considered advise on a variety of delicate matters, and fair enough I suppose.’
    • ‘The real trial of Henry the First will take place, not in the wine bars this Christmas, but over the coming months as he comes to terms with some of the difficult issues in his in tray.’
    • ‘Having spent the weekend looking at Gaudi, it was nice synchronicity to find the joy of mosaics in our in tray.’
    • ‘I am melting my brain with data entry that has been sat in my in tray accusing me for the past two days.’
    • ‘Every week you have a pile of CDRs and press releases for the next 10 ‘hot new acts’ in your in tray, and like it or not, 9 of them won't make it.’