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lie fallow

1. Of soil, to remain unseeded after having been plowed. Most of the farm has lain fallow this season in a desperate attempt to make it fertile once more.
2. Of a talent, idea, state of mind, etc., to remain undeveloped or unutilized. He had such potential as an artist, but his skill lay fallow as he tried to follow in his father's footsteps as a businessman. I've always had an idea for a book I'd like to write, but it's lain fallow for so long that I don't know that I could ever make it a reality.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lie fallow

 
1. Lit. [for farmland] to exist unplanted for a period of time. The fields lay fallow under the burning sun. It had been too wet to plant last spring.
2. Fig. [for a skill and talent] to remain unused and neglected. You should not let your talent lie fallow. Practice the piano before you forget how to play it. His writing had lain fallow for so long that he could hardly write a proper sentence.
See also: lie
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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