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: crack, fall
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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.
There's no point going to training and worrying about study and then falling between two stools.
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.
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.
India's relations with the West and Iran are caught between competing interests like the gap 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.
However, there's a danger he will fall between two stools, as he is far from certain to stay the Derby trip.
THERE are times when Lostprophets fall between two stools.
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.
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