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- (idiomatic) To fail to be completed, particularly for lack of interest; to be left out.
- 1903, Joseph Furphy, Such Is Life, Sydney: The Bulletin Newspaper Company, Limited, page 198:
- Nature's precious link between a squalid Past and a nobler Future, broken, snatched away from her allotted place in the long chain of the ages! Heiress of infinite hope, and dowered with latent fitness to fulfil her part, now so suddenly fallen by the wayside!
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981:Mark 4:3,4 (Parable of the sower)
- Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: / And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.