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in limbo

In a condition of oblivion or neglect, as in They kept her application in limbo for months. [ Early 1600s ]
An intermediate or transitional state, as in After his editor left the firm, his book was in limbo. [ Early 1600s ]
Both usages allude to the theological meaning of limbo, that is, a place outside hell and heaven to which unbaptized infants and the righteous who died before Christ's coming were traditionally consigned.
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