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on the shelf

Definition of on the shelf

  1. :  in an inactive state :  not active or being used <They put their plan to remodel the house on the shelf for the time being.> <The quarterback remains on the shelf with a severe injury.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a thin flat usually long and narrow piece of material (as wood) fastened horizontally (as on a wall) at a distance from the floor to hold objects

    :  one of several similar pieces in a closet, bookcase, or similar structure

    :  the contents of a shelf

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to destroy or remove completely

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