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 — If something like a project is on the shelf, nothing is being done about it at the moment …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • on the shelf — ► on the shelf 1) no longer useful or desirable. 2) past an age when one might expect to be married. Main Entry: ↑shelf …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 — 1. mod. not active socially; left to oneself in social matters. □ I’ve been on the shelf long enough. I’m going to make some friends. □ She likes being on the shelf. 2. mod. postponed. (See also on the back burner.) □ We’ll have to put this… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 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 …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on the shelf — 1) unlikely to find a partner or get married, usually because of being too old In those days, women were considered to be on the shelf at 25. 2) not being used or discussed at the present time Can we put that suggestion on the shelf for now? …   English dictionary

  • on the shelf — British & Australian, old fashioned if someone, especially a woman, is on the shelf, they are not married and people now believe they are too old to get married. I was afraid my daughter would never find a husband, that she d be left on the shelf …   New idioms dictionary

  • on the shelf —    (of a female) unmarried and unlikely to marry    The imagery is from slow moving inventory in retailing:     Nearing thirty, she cheerfully admitted she was on the shelf it s a spinster s life for me. (Rushdie, 1995)    A synonym, on the peg,… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • on the shelf —    If something like a project is on the shelf, nothing is being done about it at the moment.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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