put in mothballs
Defer indefinitely or for a very long time, as in We've put the plans for a new library in mothballs. This expression alludes to storing woolen clothing or other items with marble-size balls of naphthalene or camphor to prevent them from being damaged by moths. [1940s]
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To put it rather uncharitably, the USPHS practiced a major dental experiment on a city full of unconsenting subjects.
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He was voluble in his declarations that they would “put the screws” to Ollie on the charge of perjury.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
This is the place where the Muscovite criminals are banished to, if they are not put to death.
Let them open their minds to us, let them put upon permanent record the significance of all their intrigues and manœuvres.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Before the spinet a bench was placed about four feet below the keys, and I was put upon the bench.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift