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Meaning of “on the shelf” in the English Dictionary

"on the shelf" in British English

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on the shelf

not ​noticed or not used: It's ​important to ​applyresearch in a ​practical way and not leave it on the shelf. mainly UK informal If someone, usually a woman, wis on the shelf, she is not ​married and is ​considered too ​old for anyone to ​want to ​marry her: In those ​days, if you hadn't ​married by the ​time you were 30, you were ​definitely on the shelf.
(Definition of on the shelf from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on the shelf" in American English

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on the shelf

delayed: Plans to ​start a ​freefilmseries have been put on the shelf.
(Definition of on the shelf from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “on the shelf”
in Chinese (Simplified) 被忽视的, 被搁置的, 废弃的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 被忽視的, 被擱置的, 廢棄的…
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