fall by the wayside


fall by the wayside
verb
give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
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In the second round, the challenger gave up

Syn:
Ant: ↑enter (for: ↑drop out)
Derivationally related forms: ↑quitter (for: ↑quit)
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑quit)
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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑give up)

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phrasal
1. : to fall from grace
2. : to suffer defeat especially in a contest

many party stalwarts fell by the wayside on election day

some fell by the wayside in encounters with unconquered squads — New York Times

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to not be successful or effective any longer
Thesaurus: to fail, or to stop being successfulsynonym
Main entry: wayside

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fail to persist in an endeavor or undertaking

many readers will fall by the wayside as the terminology becomes more complicated

Origin:
with biblical allusion to Luke 8:5

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fall by the ˈwayside idiom
to fail or be unable to make progress

Many clubs fall by the wayside for financial reasons.

Proposals for the new service fell by the wayside through lack of public support.

Main entry:waysideidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • fall\ by\ the\ wayside — • fall by the wayside • drop by the wayside v. phr. To give up or fail before the finish. The boys tried to make a 50 mile hike, but most of them fell by the wayside. George, Harry, and John entered college to become teachers, but Harry and John… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fall by the wayside — To fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fall by the wayside — ► fall by the wayside fail to persist in an undertaking. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 8.] Main Entry: ↑wayside …   English terms dictionary

  • fall by the wayside — also[drop by the wayside] {v. phr.} To give up or fail before the finish. * /The boys tried to make a 50 mile hike, but most of them fell by the wayside./ * /George, Harry, and John entered college to become teachers, but Harry and John fell by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall by the wayside — also[drop by the wayside] {v. phr.} To give up or fail before the finish. * /The boys tried to make a 50 mile hike, but most of them fell by the wayside./ * /George, Harry, and John entered college to become teachers, but Harry and John fell by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall by the wayside — 1. if someone falls by the wayside, they fail to finish an activity. A lot of students fall by the wayside during their first year at university. 2. if something falls by the wayside, people stop doing it, making it, or using it. Many new drugs… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fall by the wayside (to) —  Decide not to continue; fail.  ► “Economists can so dislike the conclusions of an article that they comb through the article with the sole hope of refuting its logic. . . . They focus on minor points in the hope that more major issues will fall… …   American business jargon

  • fall by the wayside —    If a plan or project falls by the wayside, it remains unfinished or people stop trying to do it.     Local residents protested so strongly that plans for a new motorway     fell by the wayside …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fall by the wayside — give up or fail before the finish He had a good chance of winning the competition but he fell by the wayside near the end …   Idioms and examples

  • fall by the wayside — fail to persist in an undertaking. [with biblical allusion to Luke 8:5.] → wayside …   English new terms dictionary