fall between the cracks

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fall between the cracks

To be overlooked, neglected, or ignored, especially due to mismanagement or disarray in the midst of a large or complex situation. In these overcrowded and underfunded public schools, many students end up falling between the cracks. The details of the enforcement of the law seem to have fallen between the cracks during its creation.
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fall between the cracks

Also, fall through the cracks or between two stools . Be neglected or overlooked; also, not fit either of two alternatives. For example, Please make sure that either our department or yours deals with this account, lest it fall between the cracks , or Trying to be both teacher and parent, she fell between two stools. The variant using stools, with its image of a person falling to the ground between two chairs instead of sitting down on one or the other, was already a proverb in ancient times; in English it was first recorded about 1390.
See also: between, crack, fall
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It would be caught between two stools - a next door neighbour; and a longtime ally who has supported Pakistan time and again with aid, assistance, loan and oil.
There was a possibility New Zealand might find themselves caught between two stools, with half an eye on the winning mark and half on the 175 that would see them to Auckland.
"I do think I maybe suffered a bit playing both sides, falling between two stools. You need to focus on one, really.
There's no point going to training and worrying about study and then falling between two stools. So he's decided to commit to study for the next couple of weeks anyway."
But it's not panning out that way with the Scarlets lacking fluency in their backs and seeming to be caught between two stools tactically, Their handling skills have also been letting them down.
Caught between two stools, he turned and twisted and fell flat on his face.
"This budget falls between two stools, between sending reassuring signals to the rating agencies abroad and sending even more reassuring signals to voters at home.
We sit between two stools when we have to make flight decisions and that should not be the case.
Powell caught between two stools The Town manager admitted after the game that reverting to 4-3-3 was a decision born out of wariness against committing the sort of errors that came to prove so costly at Norwich.
Falling between two stools, here's a film that won't set the box office alight.
We're going to get back to doing that and take the pressure to make decisions off our captain Ben Hughes who got caught between two stools. Not any more."
India's relations with the West and Iran are caught between competing interests like the gap between two stools.
"And he said to me, 'be careful you don't do what I did, confuse people and fall between two stools'.
And the show falls between two stools in its mix of magic and music.
The company also owns the Gucci, Stella McCartney and Yves St Laurent brands and it's not difficult to happen upon analysts who feel as though Puma falls between two stools. It's too small to compete with Adidas and Nike, yet it's a million miles from being considered a luxury brand.
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