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A sign of impending trouble or danger. (The "clouds" refer to storm clouds.) There have been gathering clouds in the city for months—I'm nervous that a riot will erupt soon.
go gathering orange blossoms
To look for a wife. The phrase refers to the frequent use of orange blossoms as wedding decorations symbolizing the bride's innocence. I'm quite certain that Sir Andrew went to town to go gathering orange blossoms, so we'd best get ready for a wedding!
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.
gather (a)round (someone or something)
1. To convene or assemble around a particular person or thing. All of the kids eagerly gathered around Santa Claus. Come on, fellas, gather round the campfire!
2. To cause people to convene or assemble around oneself or a particular person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "gather" and "(a)round." Santa Claus gathered all of the children around himself to hand out gifts. Please gather everyone around the campfire.
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1. To collect or assemble certain things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gather" and "up." Gather up your toys now—it's time for us to leave. I gathered the plates up and brought them into the kitchen.
2. To bunch in a particular place, often as of fabric. If you ironed that shirt, the fabric wouldn't gather up like that.
gather a case
To compile evidence that supports an argument or charges against someone or something. The job of the prosecutor is to gather a case to prove that the defendant is guilty. We're trying to gather a case because many employees have been wrongly terminated by the company.
To bring someone or something in to some place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gather" and "in." Gather in the kids and I'll get the cake. The CEO's receptionist gathered us in for the meeting.
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1. To group together in one place or thing. Gather together in the conference room—Dave will be here in a minute.
2. To group someone or something in one place or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "group" and "together." Gather the kids together in the playroom, and I'll bring in the cake. I gathered my books together and left the library.
gather a case
(against someone) Go to build a case (against someone).
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.
gather someone or something together
to assemble people or things together in one place. Gather every one together in the drawing room for a meeting. Please gather together all the suspects so that they can be questioned again. Would you gather all your papers together and put them away?
gather something up
to collect something; to pick something up. Let's gather our things up and go. Please gather up your things.
to assemble together. We will gather together on the main deck for a meeting. Let's all gather together this evening and sing.
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.
gather (or collect) dustremain unused.
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.
1. To bring together or collect something that is distributed or scattered: I gathered up my dress and stepped over the puddle. I gathered the papers up and put them in my briefcase.
2. To come together or be more concentrated in one place: The cloth gathers up at the hem of this dress.