to fall by the wayside

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - fall by the wayside

"to fall by the wayside"

to no longer be active or successful;

to fail to continue


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - fall by the wayside

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What ever happened to Friday afternoon "social time"?

Colleague 2:  It has become so very busy around here that "social time" has fallen by the wayside.

Colleague 1:  So no more "social times"?

Colleague 2:  Probably not.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - fall by the wayside

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Don't you operate your dog-walking business any more?

Friend 2:  It fell by the wayside last year.

Friend 1:  Lack of interest?

Friend 2:  Yes. I just wasn't getting enough business to justify keeping the business going. I've moved on to other pursuits.

to fall by the wayside - Usage:


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to fall by the wayside - Gerund Form:

Falling by the wayside, the school recycling program failed due to lack of interest.

to fall by the wayside - Examples:

1)  Just make sure you're not letting your existing responsibilities fall by the wayside and that you're focusing on the right priorities.

2)  He's seen innumerable contemporaries -- musicians and colleagues and friends -- fall by the wayside; but he's a survivor.

3)  ... there are certain scenes and even subplots that may have to fall by the wayside before you arrive at a final cut, especially when you're trimming down ...

4)  Some ideas prevail. Others fall by the wayside as human moral evolution sheds those ideas that retard human progress. 

5)  Some medical care I need does fall by the wayside as I can not afford the co-pay. 

6)  The simple act of taking your hat off indoors seems to have fallen by the wayside as yet another "infringement of personal freedom".

7)  ... he renewed the Crown's support of overseas exploration that had fallen by the wayside of his father's administration.

8)  ... the reason that the variety show as we've known it has fallen by the wayside? I think the culprit is money. The networks don't want ...

9)  ... step in and adopt his younger brother, because his mother had fallen by the wayside

10)  I realize that my efforts at keeping the house clean have totally fallen by the wayside.

11)  Yet by 1993 such sentiments increasingly fell by the wayside as Michael's interests focused elsewhere.

12)  The CB radio he used to use to chat with other drivers fell by the wayside with the advent of cellphones.

13)  The makeover was about re-gaining something that fell by the wayside with motherhood.

14)  I worked 80 hours a week, and all of this organization fell by the wayside. The house was a mess, I had no idea what was in the ...

15)  ... not well-supported by employers or by young people, and continuation schools fell by the wayside.

16)  Thinking about it, it's not just blogging that is falling by the wayside. When was the last time I did a craft activity with my boys?

17)  ... dreams are falling further and further from my reach. Friends are falling by the wayside, and my social life is in the toilet. It's nonexistent.

18)  ... old model where a company is more-or-less completely "self-contained" is falling by the wayside when it comes to computing, networking, web services and application delivery.

19)  A lot of other less popular local venues are falling by the wayside (due to poor management/funny opening times) ... 

20)  Mercy is an amazing attribute that seems to be falling by the wayside for our species.