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"on the shelf" in American English

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on the shelf

delayed: Plans to start a free film series have been put on the shelf.
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"on the shelf" in British English

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on the shelf

not noticed or not used: It's important to apply research in a practical way and not leave it on the shelf.
mainly UK informal If someone, usually a woman, is 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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