Put on the Shelf

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Put on the Shelf to put aside from duty or service
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scylfe, a plank, Ice. skjálf, a bench.

Usage

In literature:

Put the yellow silk on the lowest shelf.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
I left the jug on the corner of the shelf, instead of putting it away as I ought.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Bogle crossed the room, and put the weapons on a shelf over the fireplace.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Here, Magdalen, will you put this basket the lady's brought up there on the shelf?
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
So we cleaned it and put it back on the shelf and took another and went to bed.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Mr. Winston put his hand on the shelf and brought out a leather bag.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
We'll take each book from its place on the shelf, dust it, and put it back again.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Put the quaint old book back on the shelf, and let her romance rest again.
"A Christmas Accident and Other Stories" by Annie Eliot Trumbull
For he had dismissed the culprits with a caution, and put the records on a back-shelf.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
But in a moment he put the receiver down on the shelf, hurried to the Shermans' door, and called for Lee.
"Battling the Clouds" by Captain Frank Cobb
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In poetry:

The Manager's there —from the Bank —prepared
To put " old sores "on the shelf,
To give him his old job back again
And a chance to help himself (!)
"The Prodigal Son (or The Morning After!)" by T W Connor
Then he carried it home, and put it on a shelf,
But it was only grey in the gloom.
So he fetched a pail, and a bit of cloth,
And he went outside with a broom.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
How zoo, then, John? Why, what's the matter now?
What, can't ye get along? B'ye run a-ground?
An' can't paÿ twenty shillèns vor a pound?
What can't ye put a lwoaf on shelf?
"Eclogue:--The Common A-Took In" by William Barnes
"And an empty pickle-bottle was a-standin' on the shelf,
Daley takes it down and puts it on the table,
And he bets me drinks that blinded dorg would do it by himself -
And I didn't think as how as he was able!
"Daley's Dorg Wattle" by W T Goodge

In news:

Since NBC has put 'Community' on the shelf for the foreseeable future, everyone on the show is doing their best to stay busy.
We put nine to the test to find out which pricey items pull their weight and which ones should stay on the shelf.
Putting on the headphones and taking Hearts of Darkness' Shelf Life for a spin.
One thing is for certain with the Modified Triple 25s at Mahoning Valley Speedway, put 22 top shelf drivers on a quarter mile oval for 25 feature laps and you get action that is fast, furious and all out clash to the finish.
That means that you can take off the rockin' cans you currently use and put them on the shelf for awhile, as third-party adapters featuring the remote control functionality aren't out yet.
Sifting through the seemingly ubiquitous environmental claims on the wine shelf can be confusing and ultimately off-putting in many cases.
RICHMOND — As the weather cools off, exercisers are sometimes inclined to move indoors or even put their exercise programs on the shelf.
It's one of the ancient texts of the world, one that, as a lackadaisical college-going student, I somewhat skimmed through before putting it on the shelf for a rainy day.
I always put my milk on the top shelf.
Asked where the "Modern Family" star would put her new Emmy in her house, she explained that it would go on a very tall shelf.
The idea to merge the University of North Texas and the UNT Health Science Center has been put on the shelf again, three months after regents first shelved the idea.
Last month I stored the body armor on the top shelf of the closet for the last time, unloaded the gun and put it away, turned in my badge and gave up the donut and free coffee at Dunkin' Donuts.
Here's a fun holiday photo contest Q 92 is doing, an Elf on the Shelf photo contest to see the most creative, best, hilarious spots you put Your Elf on the Shelf .
Sore elbow puts Sabathia on the shelf.
When Russian-born architect Andrei Saltykov designed his home in the UK, he put his love of the USA on the shelf.
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