falla mellan två stolar

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "to fall between two chairs" or "to fall between the chairs".

Verb[edit]

falla mellan två stolar (also: falla mellan stolarna or hamna mellan stolarna)

  1. to be outside of everyone's responsibility
    När två myndigheter inte kan samarbeta, kommer någon att falla mellan stolarna.
    When two authorities cannot cooperate, someone will be forgotten by both of them.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Though it literally translates to "fall between two chairs" in English, the Swedish idiom is not equivalent to the English one.