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    Smile it'll have to do

    Hello. I can't quite follow why the underlined words could be a joke in this context below.
    Please help! Thank you.

    : These sentences are from a children's novel. (It is a magical fantasy for children like Harry Potter.)
    In the story those special phials are used for containing creatures popping from some special magic books.
    Archie accidentally made a knight(Sir Bodwin) pop out from a book the other day.

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    Old Zeb handed the glass phial to Archie. "Put it with the one from the other day,"
    he said. "It's not much of a phialling system," he added, with a grin, "but it'll have to do!"
    Archie smiled at his joke and placed the phial with the mammoth on the shelf next to the one containing Sir Bodwin.

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    Re: it'll have to do

    "phialling system" / "filing system". It's a pun.

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