languish in

languish in

 some place
1. to become dispirited in some place; to weaken and fade away in some place. Claire languished in prison for her crime. I spent over three days languishing in a stuffy hotel room. We languished in the airport waiting room while they refueled the plane.
2. to suffer neglect in a place. The bill languished in the Senate for months on end. The children languished in the squalid conditions until the court intervened.
See also: languish
References in classic literature ?
What matters really, not only to me, but to officers of justice and the king, is that an innocent man should languish in prison, the victim of an infamous denunciation, to die here cursing his executioners.
ISTG spokeswoman Claudia Saba said: "While 14 Irish citizens were languishing in prison in Israel for the crime of coming to their aid, the population of Gaza continues to languish in what is, in effect, the world's largest open air prison.
sentence, they continue to languish in jails without being released or
Although Elian Goznales has returned to Cuba, thousands of unaccompanied children who are fighting deportation languish in INS detention facilities across the country.
But fears were growing for the men's mental state as they languish in a cave no bigger than a one-bedroom flat in 34C temperatures.
Pointing out that the Pakistani government had no option but to get involved, he defended his government's decision as having been confronted with a Hobson's choice: either agree to return the Pakistani citizens to their homeland, or let them languish in a US jail for an undetermined amount of time.