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fall into disuse

to be used less and less. The pump had fallen into disuse and the joints had rusted solid. Since my books had fallen into disuse, I sold them to a used-book dealer.
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These were subsequently aggregated into the Disuse Syndrome the components of which are (a) cardiovascular vulnerability, (b) musculoskeletal fragility, (c) metabolic instability, (d) immunologic susceptibility, (e) CNS compromise, and (f) precocious aging, frailty (4).
The report concluded: "The mechanism which they have chosen to bring the armed conflict to a complete end has been the standing down of the structures which engaged in the armed campaign and the conscious decision to allow the Army Council to fall into disuse.
They fell into disuse and became overgrown but now provide a green recreation corridor for families and commuters.
And even those that have since fallen into disuse continue to instill a sense of comfort among those to whom they are a pleasing addition to a bleakly beautiful scenery.
Obviously, word had not gotten around that private confession is largely falling into disuse.
The fact that certain terms and devotions have fallen into disuse is a sign of the loss of the sense of the supernatural.
The machinery for regeneration must be a basic part of animal genetic equipment, but the genes have for some reason fallen into disuse in many species.
The battery withstands severe electrical abuse, including total discharge or disuse for prolonged time periods.
To complete his artistic excavation, Kuma has salvaged the painter's beloved Toyota Crown car from 20 years of disuse and displayed it as an outdoor sculpture immersed in the pond in front of the museum.
In response to the new results, radiation treatment will probably fall into disuse, Stone and Holmes say.
Essentially an Emersonian, he's "under the necessity of using the Actual order of things, in order to disuse it; to live by it, whilst [he] wish[es] to take away its life.
After the liberation in 1949, with the spread of Hanzi (Chinese character) education, the Nushu script fell into disuse.
Just as Leonardo da Vinci so aptly said in the 16th century, "Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect," Learn Faster & Remember More and Building Mental Muscle make it amply clear that the "use it or lose it" concept is fully at work where the brain and mind are concerned.
To keep himself viable as a possible volunteer for the procedure - one that was reportedly looked upon askance at the time by others in medicine - John endured years of pain when his legs, after hours and days of disuse, would shake violently, as in a seizure.