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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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They know that they cannot possibly hope to recoup their investment if the system sits idle, gathering dust.
Representatives from the archive are travelling into the heart of communities across Wales in search of lost or undiscovered film treasures that may be gathering dust in people's attics.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a column by Adam Cohen revealing that an ambitious scheme for renewing Baghdad had been gathering dust for nearly 50 years, a plan drawn up by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Deborah Gangloff: The corridors of American schools are lined with pale pine stilted trophy cases 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.
Take the time to identify products that are gathering dust.
There is a genre of literature that for the last few hundred years has been gathering dust in the world's great libraries.
Still, if you're confused by caraway, you've got three jars of turmeric gathering dust in your spice rack, or you've always wanted to try out nigella, this book is a great place to start.
The pots, an heirloom gift from the groom's dad, spent decades gathering dust on a shelf.
Jordan, 21, who has been out on loan to Hamilton Accies and Queen of the South, only kept the car a short while before giving it up because it was gathering dust.
He said: "If you have bottles of spirits sitting in a cupboard gathering dust, I can give you the necessary skills to make fantastic drinks.
THE hunt is on for millions of pounds of foreign currency thought to be gathering dust in drawers, jars and suitcases.
The information in their files surely cannot sit on the shelf gathering dust.
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'.