Meaning of “in the wilderness” in the English Dictionary

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"in the wilderness" in British English

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in the wilderness

If someone, such as a politician, is in the wilderness, they no longer have a position of authority and are not now in the news:

After five years in the political wilderness, she was recalled to be foreign minister.
He has managed to bring his party back to leadership of Congress after years in the wilderness.

(Definition of “in the wilderness” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)