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collect dust

To be in a state of disuse for a prolonged period of time. Why do you want another video game console? You already have three collecting dust under the television! My father has lots of old trinkets and memorabilia collecting dust in the attic.
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Today, as these white elephants, for the most part, collect dust in lieu of data, we come face to face with two sobering realities:
Lafarge Cement UK, which produces Blue Circle brand products at the Aberthaw complex, is investing the bulk of the funds in the latest "bag filter" technology to replace older systems currently used to collect dust from the factory's main kiln exhaust gases.
This summer, an international effort to observe and collect dust streaming off Asia into the North Pacific included two airplanes, one ship, several satellites, and a ground station in Korea.
Thorne's Polytex units collect dust at source, drawing it through ducting by a powerful fan and trapping it in the filter bag system.
Whether the Commission's tome will simply collect dust or become the watershed for change depends on who endorses its recommendations.
Twenty-five index cards designed to collect dust, carpet fibers, animal hair, skin cells, dog hair, and any unknown particles were equally distributed throughout five different rooms in a household.
USDA researchers have applied for a patent on their system, which uses a negative electrostatic charge to collect dust particles in hatching cabinets.
During or after secondary operations, labels sometimes shift on a part or collect dust at their edges, making them difficult to clean.
Shermbeck helped Sepulveda and his neighbors collect dust samples in their homes and conduct their own tests.
This designation also helps ensure that the community takes action and that the plan does not collect dust on a shelf.
Wax–impregnated cotton fibres grab and collect dust like a magnet.
As a means of encouraging kids to read it works wonderfully well, but may quickly collect dust if more books aren't introduced.