in the wilderness

in the wilderness

someone, especially a politician, who is in the wilderness, does not now have the power or influence that they had before He spent several years in the political wilderness after conservatives objected to his attempts to reform the police.
See also: wilderness
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Among the passengers was John Winthrop, who had sold the estate of his forefathers, and was going to prepare a new home for his wife and children in the wilderness.
Her gentle and timid spirit sinks within her; and, turning away from the window, she sits down in the great chair and wonders whereabouts in the wilderness her friends will dig her grave.
Notwithstanding the unfortunate circumstances of our company, and our dangerous situation, as surrounded with hostile savages, our meeting so fortunately in the wilderness made us reciprocally sensible of the utmost satisfaction.
These mountains are in the wilderness, as we pass from the old settlements in Virginia to Kentucke, are ranged in a S.
A considerable flight of steps landed them in the wilderness, which was a planted wood of about two acres, and though chiefly of larch and laurel, and beech cut down, and though laid out with too much regularity, was darkness and shade, and natural beauty, compared with the bowling-green and the terrace.
Although the settlement of this part of Otsego a little preceded the birth of the author, it was not sufficiently advanced to render it desirable that an event so important to himself should take place in the wilderness.
A marvel, truly, that Goody Cloyse should be so far in the wilderness at nightfall," said he.
As usual, he was beautifully shaved, his eye-glass and his false teeth appeared to be in perfect order, and altogether he looked the neatest man I ever had to do with in the wilderness.
Exactly fronting him now, about three-quarters of a mile away, on the summit of that strange hill which stood out like a gigantic rock in the wilderness, was St.
Ay," continued the old man, in a voice, which betrayed how powerfully his own faculties retained the impression of the spectacle, "I have been a dweller in forests, and in the wilderness for three-score and ten years, and if any can pretend to know the world, or to have seen scary sights, it is myself
I know not, I know not," returned his companion; "silver is far from plenty, at least in the wilderness, and your brazen idols are forbidden in the commandments of the Lord.
And I have seen much of the folly of man; for his natur' is the same, be he born in the wilderness, or be he born in the towns.
One specific exception found in the Wilderness Act, the allowance of established livestock grazing, is expanded upon in Professor Mark Squillace's contribution.
The purchase of the claims adds to sixty acres the Trust has already protected in the wilderness.
It was a special spot embedded in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.