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gather dust

To be unused or forgotten, especially for a long period of time. My writing skills have been gathering dust ever since I got this job in the IT department. My grandfather still insists on writing letters by hand, while the laptop I got him gathers dust in the corner of the kitchen.
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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

COMMON If something gathers dust, it is not used or dealt with for a very long time. The report has been gathering dust on a shelf. She swam in the pool every morning and used the treadmill that had been gathering dust.
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gather (or collect) dust

remain unused.
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gather ˈdust

(of plans, recommendations, etc.) be forgotten or ignored: As usual the report was left to gather dust and not dealt with by the authorities for years.
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Of course, at a time when soaring costs have already forced Medicare to cut doctors' payments for routine treatments--and, subsequently, many physicians have dumped their Medicare patients--and the powerful seniors' lobby continues its push for prescription drug benefits, it's more likely that the commission's report will gather dust than support.
I've got million dollar systems that gather dust after a year or two.
More and more we find ourselves using electronic resources while reference materials in a bookcase gather dust.
These are not plans to sit on the shelf and gather dust.
DOZENS of luxury trains described as "hotels on wheels" are continuing to gather dust at an army base in south Warwickshire.
Each year, we replace our electronic devices with newer and faster versions, leaving the old versions to gather dust.
Instead of letting them gather dust, people can bring them into any of our hospice shops.
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?
Julia Barraclough, events co-ordinator for the charity, said: "Most of the old models will gather dust in a drawer or be thrown away but by handing them over we can raise money for a worthwhile cause.