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
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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.
Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat.
He said: "If you have an idea it is not clear where you go and I think lots of really good ideas lie fallow because of that.
From a religious standpoint there should not be a problem in Israel certifying marijuana as kosher as it's a plant, and like all plants grown overseas, the laws of shmita (every seven years the land in Israel must lie fallow -- ed.
And yet, across Tyneside there are large areas of brownfield land that lie fallow for reasons unknown.
Thilde Bech Bruun of the University of Copenhagen, there is evidence that previous studies have most likely underestimated the amount of carbon stored in fields that lie fallow in swidden systems.
10) In the eloquent terms employed by legal scholars, ownership incorporates a right to "let [the property] lie fallow," (11) or "gather dust.
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).
Glastonbury always takes a break every few years so the site can lie fallow," Gadson says of the fest, which will return in 2013.
Axa are not minded to let it lie fallow for a long time.
A farmer might express grief differently, perhaps allowing a field to lie fallow, or maybe ploughing a piece of fallow land.
Many farmers are therefore facing the despicable choice of leaving their crop - often their only means of income - to lie fallow or risking their family's security by trying to harvest their produce.
After last year's sensation that was Sea The Stars we had every right to assume the cupboard of greatness would be bare this year, the field of superlatives allowed to lie fallow.
In Chicago, for instance, 70,000 empty lots lie fallow.