slip between the cracks

slip between the cracks

To go unnoticed or undealt with; to be unintentionally neglected or ignored, especially in a corporate, political, or social system. With other issues like drug addiction and unemployment taking priority for the government, the welfare of children in the foster system very often slips between the cracks. We were all so busy drawing up the contracts for this new deal that the appreciation dinner we'd promised to our interns simply slipped between the cracks.
See also: between, crack, slip

slip between the cracks

Fig. [for someone or something] to be forgotten or neglected. (Fig. on something being lost by falling between floorboards.) Where is Alice? I guess we neglected her and she slipped between the cracks, This issue seems to have slipped between the cracks and become forgotten.
See also: between, crack, slip
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FEARS that returning Welsh troops slip between the cracks because of confusion over who should provide support for them have been raised.
Maybe that's why so many girls become wafer-thin, the better to slip between the cracks and disappear.