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gather dust

To be unused or forgotten, especially for a long period of time. My writing skills have been gathering dust ever since I got this job in the IT department. My grandfather still insists on writing letters by hand, while the laptop I got him gathers dust in the corner of the kitchen.
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gather dust

Fig. [for something] to sit unused for a long time. Most of my talent is just gathering dust because I don't really have an opportunity to perform.
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gather dust

COMMON If something gathers dust, it is not used or dealt with for a very long time. The report has been gathering dust on a shelf. She swam in the pool every morning and used the treadmill that had been gathering dust.
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gather (or collect) dust

remain unused.
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gather ˈdust

(of plans, recommendations, etc.) be forgotten or ignored: As usual the report was left to gather dust and not dealt with by the authorities for years.
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We have learned of not infrequent instances where industrially donated instrumentation and equipment has gathered dust because the recipient university simply could not afford to maintain and service it,' Bromley told a House task force on science policy last week.
The results - a once-in-a-lifetime pairing of Williams and Webster - had gathered dust for 40 years until Williams' estate discovered a reel-to-reel tape.
The model had gathered dust in the offices of Beazer Homes until it was unearthed when the housebuilder moved offices.
GLENDALE - For years, the American flag that once flew on the USS Glendale, a World War II-era frigate named for the city, gathered dust in a storage bin at the Glendale Central Library.
For his first collection of original music in a decade, the imaginative guitarist was clearly inspired by the likes of Prodigy, but even that once forward-thinking outfit has gathered dust.