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fall by the wayside

1. To fail or fall behind at something. If you don't do your homework now, it won't be long before you fall by the wayside in this class.
2. To be discarded, ignored, rejected, or set aside in favor of other considerations or more urgent matters. With the economy suffering, the president's plan for environmental reform has increasingly fallen by the wayside.
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fall by the wayside

Fail to continue, drop out, as in At first she did well on the tour, but with all the pressure she soon fell by the wayside . This phrase appeared in William Tyndale's translation of the New Testament (1526; Luke 8:5).
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fall by the wayside

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1. If someone falls by the wayside, they fail in something they are doing and give up trying to succeed in it. Players either perform well and deal with the pressure, or fall by the wayside. Only about half of this group will graduate. The rest will fall by the wayside. Note: You can also say that someone falls by the way. Various team members have fallen by the way over the years.
2. If something falls by the wayside, it fails or is forgotten about. His marriage had fallen by the wayside some years earlier. Other proposals fell by the wayside. Parties change over the years as games and dancing fall by the wayside. Note: You can also say that something falls by the way. Bullick said a number of other businesses had fallen by the way for similar reasons. Note: This expression comes from the story of the sower told by Jesus in the Bible. The seed which falls by the wayside and is eaten by birds represents the people who listen to what Jesus says, but are soon tempted by Satan and disregard what they have heard. (Mark 4:4)
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

fall by the wayside

1 fail to persist in an endeavour or undertaking. 2 be left without attention or help.
In sense 1 the phrase alludes to the biblical parable of the sower in Mark 4:3–20, and in particular to verse 4: ‘And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up’.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

fall by the ˈwayside

not be able to continue something that needs effort, discipline, etc.; begin to be dishonest, immoral, etc: 25 students began the course but a number have fallen by the wayside and only 12 will be taking the exam.This is from a story in the Bible in which the seeds that fell by the wayside (= by the side of a path) did not grow.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

fall by the wayside

To fail to continue; give up.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fall by the wayside, to

To drop out, fail to finish. The term comes from the Bible, specifically Jesus’s parable of the sower as related in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13: “Behold, a sower went forth to sow and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up.” The seeds then are likened to the word of God, and the fowls to the wicked who “snatch up” the word from those who do not understand it. Subsequently, persons who strayed from the straight and narrow were said to fall by the wayside. Jonathan Swift included it in his Polite Conversation (1738), “If you fall by the way, don’t stay to get up again.”
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At last I could go no further; I was exhausted with the violence of my emotion and of my flight, and I staggered and fell by the wayside. That was near the bridge that crosses the canal by the gasworks.
At last his strength failed him and he fell by the wayside in the darkness; but his harp played as his spirit passed; and it seemed to him that a Shining One stood by him, with wonderful starry eyes, and said to him, 'Lo, the music thy harp has played for so many years has been but the echo of the love and sympathy and purity and beauty in thine own soul; and if at any time in the wanderings thou hadst opened the door of that soul to evil or envy or selfishness thy harp would have ceased to play.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics 5,000m bronze medallist Edwin Soi and 2015 world Under-18 3,000m champion Richard Kimunyan fell by the wayside.
But when the big names fell by the wayside, the Glaswegian band kept quietly plodding on, thanks to a loyal fanbase and a superb live reputation.
"When other marathons fell by the wayside, Belfast continued to grow."
As other contenders fell by the wayside, the pair's friendship first fractured and then died, only to be quickly replaced with an intense hostility.
Manchester City's exit to Barcelona meant there was no English representation in the Champions League quarter-finals after Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all fell by the wayside at various points.
Not that it matters of course, because plenty of TXF losers have carved impressive careers while winners fell by the wayside within months of clinching victory.
Tregaron against Aberystwyth was also a victim of the storms and UWA Commoners match against Talybont Rachels fell by the wayside.
vvKempton's all-weather meeting held the fort in Britain extremely well as the rest of the meetings fell by the wayside. And even with a full complement it would have taken something exceptional to surpass the exciting finish to the 1m handicap at the Sunbury track.
Mouland 's steady finish, after following up his opening round of 70 with a 69, was enough to seal a one shot victory on nine under par after as many as five potential winners fell by the wayside.
In the fray, differentiated instruction fell by the wayside and the teacher resorted to repeated presentations, work sheets, testing, test correction with note taking, and repeat testing, with mixed success.
Whitchurch, who are always fancied to do well in this championship, produced a fine performance to overcome former champions Wrexham 4-1, but Southerndown fell by the wayside defeated by Rhuddlan.
Blachford, "What you had was that it was one more thing they had to do and as their staff got smaller, this fell by the wayside," he said.
Blending elements of post-civil rights African-American culture, the newly out-and-proud gay movement, and the syncopation of the recently developed synthesizer, disco became a craze that flared brilliantly in its time, then fell by the wayside to fond memories and derisive scorn as its pop-culture peers of punk and hip-hop rose in its place.