on the shelf
phrasal in a state of inactivity or uselessness

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on the shelf — {adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} Laid aside; not useful anymore. * /When a girl grows up, she puts childish habits on the shelf./ * /Mr. Myron s company put him on the shelf when he reached the age of 65./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the shelf — {adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} Laid aside; not useful anymore. * /When a girl grows up, she puts childish habits on the shelf./ * /Mr. Myron s company put him on the shelf when he reached the age of 65./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • On the Shelf — is a disco dance song from in the 1978 motion picture soundtrack of Goin Coconuts, featuring Donny and Marie Osmond. The duet received slight radio airplay in the Provo, Utah area when the film was released. Songwriters are Steve Voice and Peter… …   Wikipedia

  • on the shelf — adjective a) Laid aside, unused, abandoned It was darker now and there were stones and bits of wood on the strand and slippy seaweed. b) unmarried …   Wiktionary

  • on the shelf — Synonyms and related words: abandoned, abjured, antiquated, antique, archaic, deserted, discontinued, disused, done with, not worth saving, obsolescent, obsolete, old, old fashioned, out, out of use, out of date, outdated, outmoded, outworn, past …   Moby Thesaurus

  • To lay on the shelf — Shelf Shelf, n.; pl. {Shelves}. [OE. shelfe, schelfe, AS. scylfe; akin to G. schelfe, Icel. skj[=a]lf. In senses 2 & 3, perhaps a different word (cf. {Shelve}, v. i.).] 1. (Arch.) A flat tablet or ledge of any material set horizontally at a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • back on the shelf — In the context of general equities, permanently canceled order/ interest in a stock by a customer. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary See: take a powder. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary …   Financial and business terms

  • On the Turn — Studio album by Kerbdog Released March 31, 1997 …   Wikipedia

  • To lie on the head of — Lie Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage — The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 2 November 2001 (hereinafter the 2001 Convention ) is an international treaty aimed at saving the underwater cultural… …   Wikipedia

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