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English definition of “fall by the wayside”

fall by the wayside

If someone falls by the wayside , they fail to finish an activity , and if something falls by the wayside , people stop doing it, making it, or using it: So why does one company survive a recession while its competitors fall by the wayside ?Stop having or doing something Grammar:Fell or felt?Fell is the past simple of the verb fall:
(Definition of fall by the wayside from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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