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fall into disuse

To be used increasingly less. The car fell into disuse, and now, it won't even start.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: fall
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Over the years, the fountain fell into disuse. Thanks to the efforts of Kathy Garen and Nazareth trustee Frank Clark, fountain restoration began in earnest last year, with the final dedication taking place in September.
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The Victorians disapproved of the stocks and the penalty gradually fell into disuse. The latest reference to their use in the Liverpool area refers to a man put in Walton stocks in 1858.
Many of the surgical techniques developed by the Greeks and Romans fell into disuse as there were fewer educated people from each region to read, use, test, and record their findings.