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fall by the wayside

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Fail to continue, drop out, as in At first she did well on the tour, but with all the pressure she soon fell by the wayside. This phrase appeared in William Tyndale's translation of the New Testament (1526; Luke 8:5).

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What does fall by the wayside mean?

To fall by the wayside means to stop doing something or give up on it, as in Victor tried to keep up his grades, but he fell by the wayside when he joined a band.

Fall by the wayside is also often used to refer to things or activities that have been abandoned, deserted, or given up on, as in As soon as Missy felt insulted, her good manners quickly fell by the wayside.  

Example: The entrance exam was so hard that many students fell by the wayside before they even finished it. 

Where does fall by the wayside come from?

The first records of the phrase fall by the wayside come from around 1526. The phrase first appeared in William Tyndale’s translation of the Bible, where it was used in Matthew 13:4, Mark 4:4, and Luke 8:5.

In the Bible, the phrase is used to compare people who give up on worshipping God in order to lead sinful lives to seeds on the ground that are eaten by hungry birds.

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How is fall by the wayside used in real life?

Fall by the wayside is a phrase used in reference to people who give up on something or a thing that was given up on.

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This book is so long and boring that most readers will fall by the wayside and never know how it ends. 

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