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.
See also: crack, fall

fall through the cracks

To go unnoticed or undealt with; to be unintentionally neglected or ignored, especially in a corporate, political, or social system. Because so many other social issues take priority for the government, such as drug addiction and unemployment, the welfare of children in the foster system very often ends up falling through the cracks. We were all so busy drawing up the contracts for this new deal that the thank-you dinner we'd promised to our interns simply fell through the cracks. Such was the magnitude of her beauty that countless men have fallen under the duchess's spell.
See also: crack, fall, through

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: crack, fall

fall through the cracks

or

slip through the cracks

mainly AMERICAN
If people fall through the cracks or slip through the cracks, they are not helped by the system which is supposed to deal with them. I would like to see some system or program in place to catch high risk kids before they fall through the cracks. This family slipped through the cracks in the system and they are not eligible for aid. Note: The usual British expression is slip through the net.
See also: crack, fall, through

fall through the cracks

To pass unnoticed, neglected, or unchecked: "In the past, many learning disabled children fell through the cracks" (Judith Harkness Richardson).
See also: crack, fall, through
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Take those goals out of it and we played pretty well, so I'm torn between two stools.
We sit between two stools when we have to make flight decisions and that should not be the case.
Too often English sport fails because the best players are not selected - be it rugby union players who choose to earn their living in France, cricketers who are awkward characters or footballers who fall between two stools and end up on a sun-lounger instead.
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.
Falling between two stools, the movie is never thrilling enough to be an action adventure and it's never amusing enough to be a humorous romp.
Alan Pardew has been caught between two stools recently: desperately trying to shore up Newcastle's leaky back four while also attempting to kick-start the flow of goals that has dried up recently.
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.
India's relations with the West and Iran are caught between competing interests like the gap between two stools.
Rodgers is keen on Liverpool to play the ball out from the back, and Skrtel perhaps got caught between two stools - next time he'll be best served just whacking it downfield, especially with 10 minutes to go.
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.
However, there's a danger he will fall between two stools, as he is far from certain to stay the Derby trip.
We fell between two stools and it was important we improved in the second half, which we did and once we started playing a lot better and the way we know we can, we started to play a bit more, so I was pleased with that.
Splattered with bits and bobs that are reminiscent of Assault On Precinct 13, F falls between two stools.