Meaning of fall by the wayside in English:

fall by the wayside


  • Fail to persist in an endeavour or undertaking.

    ‘many readers will fall by the wayside as the terminology becomes more complicated’
    • ‘I would be bitterly disappointed if the scheme fell by the wayside.’
    • ‘It was a good idea, but it just fell by the wayside.’
    • ‘Tradition also fell by the wayside when councillors nominated two members to serve as deputy mayor, causing a ballot.’
    • ‘And while subjects such as Latin and Greek are gradually falling by the wayside, new subjects have been introduced.’
    • ‘Quite simply, I've got so much going on in my life, so much to do in so little time, that many things - such as tidying - fall by the wayside, at work and at home.’
    • ‘As personal debt rises, other priorities fall by the wayside.’
    • ‘And educationally many, for whom extra assistance is a necessity not a luxury, will fall by the wayside.’
    • ‘New Year resolutions to be fitter and healthier often fall by the wayside before January even ends.’
    • ‘What about those who fall by the economic wayside?’
    • ‘I've started a few little blogs here and there, just trying things out, but they have all fallen by the wayside, and I doubt I could even remember where they are!’
    • ‘I have to wonder how many discoveries and ideas have fallen by the wayside for precisely this reason.’


    With biblical allusion to Luke 8:5.