in the wilderness

in the wilderness

Lacking one's former power or influence. (Used especially in reference to politicians.) The former party leader has been in the wilderness ever since he crossed party lines to support the economic recovery bill in the senate.
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in the wilderness

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
COMMON A person or organization's time in the wilderness is a period when they do not have an important role to play and people are not interested in them. He is delighted to get another chance to represent his country after a period in the wilderness. After 10 years in the political wilderness the Danish Labour Party appeared yesterday to be on the verge of returning to power.
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in the ˈwilderness

(of politicians) no longer having power, influence or importance because they no longer hold high office: After a few years in the wilderness she was allowed to return to a job in the government.
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References in classic literature ?
Yet there was, perhaps, a change both in his countenance and voice as he spoke thus; for, after all, it was a ghastly fate to be left expiring in the wilderness.
You dug a grave for my poor father in the wilderness, Reuben?
The heart of Dorcas was not sad; for she felt that it was better to journey in the wilderness with two whom she loved than to be a lonely woman in a crowd that cared not for her.
Among the passengers was John Winthrop, who had sold the estate of his forefathers, and was going to prepare a new home for his wife and children in the wilderness.
Her gentle and timid spirit sinks within her; and, turning away from the window, she sits down in the great chair and wonders whereabouts in the wilderness her friends will dig her grave.
Abstract: In this essay, I examine how Tracy Ross and Cheryl Strayed, while seemingly echoing the American wilderness tradition, deviate from male-dominated wilderness discourse when they recollect their hiking experiences in the wilderness.
One specific exception found in the Wilderness Act, the allowance of established livestock grazing, is expanded upon in Professor Mark Squillace's contribution.
The letters, written in 1875 and 1876, describe his travels, run-ins with outlaws and American Indians, and survival in the wilderness.
Because of the requirements set forth in The Wilderness Act, a visitor to a wilderness area can count on peace and quiet.
It was a special spot embedded in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.
Of particular interest to me are Malachi's mention of the covenant ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) and Luke's placement of John in the wilderness for his proclamation, because they change how we hear John's message, this week and next.
The story of Hagar returns as an instance of grace in the wilderness along with the prophet tradition of the remnant (e.
Angels In The Wilderness was written shortly after her miraculous survival, and includes black-and-white photographs as well as quotes from a journal she kept while hiking the trail.
Leo Grillo has asked the county to allow Glendale-based Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals or DELTA Rescue, which he founded more than 25 years ago, to take responsibility for rescuing abandoned pets in the wilderness.
The main character is Cecile, a remarkable young woman who has been with her father in the wilderness as he lives among Indians, trading and trapping.