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gather dust

Fig. [for something] to sit unused for a long time. Most of my talent is just gathering dust because I don't really have an opportunity to perform.
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gather dust

to be forgotten or not used Hugh's tennis racket has just been gathering dust since he hurt his back.
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gather dust

to not be used for a long time (often in continuous tenses) If these books are going to sit around gathering dust in the garage you might as well give them to Frank.
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This study did not even get the chance to gather dust on a shelf.
Or the interesting collections of prayers or practices or saints that gather dust on your nightstand?
Before spending the last few days of the holiday season frantically searching for the perfect gifts, consider this: many of those gifts will be returned, re-gifted or hidden away in a back closet to gather dust.
TREASURE Rare Chinese vases were left to gather dust
Rather than let it gather dust, George and Kenny, who bought the piano a few years ago, decided to put it on a tour of its own.
Sometimes careless people, all too often Catholics, tend to put this priceless gift on a barely accessible shelf - there to gather dust rather than radiate grace as it should.
while shoot-'em up video games quietly start to gather dust.
A survey found mouldy plates, dirty laundry, porn magazines and household rubbish are among the items left to gather dust.
Steve Reid, Clydesdale's general manager for retail banking, said: "It's astonishing that people would rather let their money gather dust than interest by squirrelling it away in drawers and jars.
Because the author feels it is so essential that these values be recaptured today, he finally decided to finish writing the book after letting it gather dust for almost 15 years.