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fall between the cracks

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fall between the cracks

verb phrase

To be ignored, overlooked, mismanaged, or forgotten, esp because of ambiguity in definition or understanding: The entire problem simply fell between the cracks/ a conviction that otherwise might have fallen through the cracks (1970s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with fall between the cracks
Also, fall through the cracks or between two stools. Be neglected or overlooked; also, not fit either of two alternatives. For example, Please make sure that either our department or yours deals with this account, lest it fall between the cracks, or Trying to be both teacher and parent, she fell between two stools. The variant using stools, with its image of a person falling to the ground between two chairs instead of sitting down on one or the other, was already a proverb in ancient times; in English it was first recorded about 1390.
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