on the shelf Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “on the shelf” in the English Dictionary

"on the shelf" in British English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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…
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More