lost in the shuffle

lost in the shuffle

Lost, ignored, or forgotten amid a confusing mix of things or during a chaotic situation. A: "Where's my homework?" B: "Here, it was lost in the shuffle on the kitchen table." There was a lot going on last month, so I'm afraid some of our usual obligations got lost in the shuffle. Don't sit all the way back there, or you'll get lost in the shuffle.
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lost in the shuffle

Failing to stand out among others, as in In that huge economics class Jane's afraid she'll get lost in the shuffle. This metaphoric term alludes to mixing playing cards before dealing them. [c. 1900]
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lost in the shuffle

mainly AMERICAN
If someone or something gets lost in the shuffle, nobody notices them or pays them any attention. A lot of great bands are lost in the shuffle as the record companies try to get the widest market possible. It is quite possible that campaign finance reform will get lost in the shuffle of White House priorities. Note: When packs of cards are properly shuffled (= mixed), it is impossible to know where a particular card is.
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lose somebody/something in the ˈshuffle

(American English) (usually used in the passive) not notice somebody/something or pay attention to somebody/something because of a confusing situation: She was so busy at work, her marriage was getting lost in the shuffle.We feel that if schools are too big, it’s easy for a student to be lost in the shuffle.

lost in the shuffle

Part of a large group and not standing out; lost in the crowd. The term alludes to the thorough mixing of playing cards before dealing, and was transferred to human beings about 1900. A piece by Damon Runyon in Collier’s magazine in 1930 stated, “I find we are about lost in the shuffle of guys with little mustaches.”
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They get lost in the shuffle of resumes, or worse, don't bother to apply because of the tremendous number of lower-end jobs that they have to search through.
But somewhere I got lost in the shuffle of papers, phone calls, deadlines, quotas.
Meanwhile, independent gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films don't have the promotional budgets and get lost in the shuffle.
Sure, a couple billion dollars got lost in the shuffle, and some twenty-somethings had to move back in with mom and dad for a spell.
Like all standards efforts, some pre-existing proprietary languages will likely be lost in the shuffle to create a unified voice markup language.
As it had done elsewhere around the world, Crowley opted for the port because it could demand and get more personalized service than the big-name ports, where shipping lines often get lost in the shuffle.
In part, they get lost in the shuffle because many Mexican-Americans don't see themselves as victims.
in fact, McGee, Lafayette prides itself on taking cases that would likely get lost in the shuffle at a larger firm - betting that they'll pay off big in the long run.
Plus, we're not getting lost in the shuffle, like we may do in a larger building.
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