drop by the wayside

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drop by the wayside

1. To step out of a procession and stand nearby (due to not feeling fit to continue). I was supposed to walk in with my classmates, but I started to feel dizzy and dropped by the wayside.
2. To fail to stay at the same level of knowledge or proficiency as others. If you don't do your homework now, it won't be long before you drop by the wayside in this class.
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drop by the wayside

 and fall by the wayside 
1. Lit. to leave a march or procession in exhaustion to recover beside the pathway. A few of the marchers dropped by the wayside in the intense heat.
2. Fig. to fail to keep up with others. Many of the students will drop by the wayside and never finish. Those who fall by the wayside will find it hard to catch up.
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Amazing how most of last years super foods and drinks have dropped by the wayside.
But it was a tough battle with last year's winner Shotgun Paddy as, one by one, the fancied horses dropped by the wayside.
He said: "I've said very clearly to the Tories that I'm not going to have decentralisation for England dropped by the wayside - it's got to be an inalienable part of this.
Though, in the ensuing months as the iPad secured iconic status, Adam dropped by the wayside, felled by the lack of risk capital to grow the business.
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While numerous drug wholesalers have dropped by the wayside, Kinray has maintained fiscal health by not relying on credit.
FAVOURITE Presvis was cut in price for the pounds 2 million Totescoop6 November Handicap again yesterday after several other horses prominent in the betting dropped by the wayside.
Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, stayed alive as better known rivals dropped by the wayside but finally had to fold up his campaign as McCain marched through the state-by-state voting to become the party's candidate in the November election.
Almost since the firms opened their books in early summer, each subsequent market leader has dropped by the wayside.
The realty venture further splits the sisters, yet whatever divides them is occasionally just dropped by the wayside for scenes of sibling love and, in a scene of pure showbiz disposability, song and dance on the Rio beach.
The deal was due to be signed off today after a number of dates dropped by the wayside because of legal talks.
Beckham trotted in and grabbed the game by its throat, shaking it until Leeds dropped by the wayside, unable to even think of parity with Becks in this kind of form.
One by one they dropped by the wayside and today Mark Hughes finds himself one of the very few - and probably only - international player-managers.
Many of its extensive Midland interests have dropped by the wayside as chief executive Mr Ian Strachan ditched operations he deemed to be non-core.
We used to have 14 or 15 of these ranking tournaments in the region but some of them dropped by the wayside because of a lack of interest.