fall by the wayside

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fall by the wayside (third-person singular simple present falls by the wayside, present participle falling by the wayside, simple past fell by the wayside, past participle fallen by the wayside)

  1. (idiomatic) To fail to be completed, particularly for lack of interest; to be left out.
    • 2009, Andy Samberg as Robbie Klaven, I Love You, Man, written by John Hamburg and Larry Levin, published 2009:
      Zooey, here's the deal. Peter's always been a girlfriend guy. He put all his focus and energy into his relationships, and all his dude friends just fell by the wayside.
    • 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.