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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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THE contents of a time capsule suitcase that lay gathering dust for years have inspired a new documentary about tragic football legend George Best.
No need for bookshelves taking up wall space and gathering dust, just download the latest blockbuster and you can be transported to another world in a matter of moments.
DO you have holiday snaps of Redcar gathering dust in an old photo album or tucked away, rarely looked at, in the back of a drawer?
We sold it just the other month as it had been gathering dust (and ornaments) for some years.
DO any readers happen to have any beavers, cubs or scouts uniforms gathering dust? Our local scouts group is trying to gather uniforms to help new members of the scouts.
A third of unwanted gifts end up gathering dust in the loft or the back of a cupboard, 15 per cent are given away to someone else, and two per cent are binned.
The trams were constructed on schedule and have been gathering dust while the depot was completed behind schedule.
"Instead of gathering dust in a storage area, the statue has raised more than pounds 1,200 for the Newcastle Fund, which will help voluntary organisations across our city deliver vital services."
This set, released for the first time after gathering dust in the archives, finds pianist Silver's then new quintet topping the 1958 Newport Festival bill, and still barnstorming his hallmark Senor Blues, alongside the likes of Cool Eyes, The Outlaw and Tippin'.
I remember reading several years ago that the National Museum of Wales has only limited space (around 30 per cent) to display its world-renowned art collection, with the rest gathering dust in the basement.
MILLIONS of potentially life-saving organ donor forms could be gathering dust as people put off filling them in, campaigners said yesterday.
Not because he needs the money, you understand, but because it's a shame it has to sit around gathering dust.
(The reports were public documents they'd found gathering dust on government shelves and reprinted with the Cap Pub logo on the covers, but that's another story.)
``Policies are sitting gathering dust or are not imaginatively employed and this is being noted by Welsh school inspectors.''