lie fallow

lie fallow

 
1. Lit. [for farmland] to exist unplanted for a period of time. The fields lay fallow under the burning sun. It had been too wet to plant last spring.
2. Fig. [for a skill and talent] to remain unused and neglected. You should not let your talent lie fallow. Practice the piano before you forget how to play it. His writing had lain fallow for so long that he could hardly write a proper sentence.
See also: lie
References in classic literature ?
All your skill was used up ages ago in Palestine, and you must lie fallow for a thousand years to git strength for more deeds
When an acre of ground has produced long and well, we let it lie fallow and rest for a season; we take no man clear across the continent in the same coach he started in--the coach is stabled somewhere on the plains and its heated machinery allowed to cool for a few days; when a razor has seen long service and refuses to hold an edge, the barber lays it away for a few weeks, and the edge comes back of its own accord.
And yet, across Tyneside there are large areas of brownfield land that lie fallow for reasons unknown.
In the winter, when the fields lie fallow, the women of this self-group maintain their entrepreneurial spirit, getting together to catch up socially while at the same time sewing pillow covers and bedspreads to sell at market.
Axa are not minded to let it lie fallow for a long time.
state has forced farmers to let fields lie fallow and left communities reliant on well water, with bone-dry brush fueling wildfires in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).
And then lie fallow for a bit until the next joyless reunion.
When one reads only the originally published works, one has the impression that such concepts and definitions were somewhat abruptly introduced in the Investigations and left to lie fallow thereafter; the lectures show that they continued to be actively employed in Husserl's thinking.
Advocates say that amaranth also requires significantly less pesticides and fertilizers, and it is usually grown without irrigation, making usable parcels of semi-arid land that would otherwise lie fallow or give very low yields of corn.
It's a show that is packed with fun and full of music in a wide range of styles - a cracker of a musical that must not be allowed to lie fallow and which has in fact attracted the attention of two amateur groups so far.
the debt release was regular, linked to the agricultural practice of letting land lie fallow, and did not depend upon a king's decision" (p.
Some experts would never dream of doing this until the site has been allowed to lie fallow for at least three years.
Speaking to the Daily Post in Cannes yesterday, In Liverpool chair Cllr Flo Clucas said: "We believe this is a unique way of doing business that not only regenerates communities but brings land that may lie fallow for many years back into use for the benefit of communities.
But a friend who grew up on a farm in Ohio reminded me that her father, who avoided church religiously, understood the Sabbath more deeply than any of us, because he knew how to let a field lie fallow in the seventh year, to renew me earth.
Oregon has 1,080 square miles of territorial waters that could be managed in such a way that 25 percent of it could lie fallow for two-year periods of time.