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gathering clouds

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.
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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!

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 (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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gather up

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.
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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 something up

to collect something; to pick something up. Let's gather our things up and go. Please gather up your things.
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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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gather up

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.
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For example, while parents want to support their kids staying connected with friends who can't join them at holiday events, ensuring their kids are 'fully present' at these special gatherings often requires setting ground rules in advance.
Many young people also are sensitive to the importance of fully engaging with friends and family during holiday gatherings.
He added hundreds of people in these gatherings voiced their support to Karzai.
The gathering in Kayan valley of Doshi district was attended by over 6000 people, who vowed support to Karzai.
The network gathering elected its first general secretary who will maintain communications and help organize the next gathering, scheduled for 2003, in Rotorua, Aotearoa (New Zealand).
Anyone who wants to hold a family gathering in 2003, but would like someone else to handle the details, can register to win a preplanned gathering worth up to $5,000.
A commemorative photo was taken to preserve the memories of this family gathering.
This family gathering will allow me to make closer contact with the family I might not have kept close to," said Carol Owen.
com payment service has addressed the real-world needs of people who must collect and exchange funds for any event or gathering.
Many experts emphasized the need to involve civil society and those involved in mass gatherings, such a pilgrims and Haj guides, in the health education awareness programs.
can never be reduced to gatherings of aggregated individuals.
They were having an Anglican Gathering outside the city of Toungoo, in the diocese of Toungoo.
According to the Guide, "Our Gatherings are open to all peaceful people.
VIC puts on six to 10 events a month of various sorts, from small executive-only gatherings of 100 to blow-out bashes of 2,000.