A bureaucrat goes into a library one day and pulls a poem off a shelf, and it changes the world.
As we talked, a small mouse trotted blithely out from behind the shelf.
“It is $26 million just sitting on a shelf,” says a high-level source involved with the project.
And much of it, unlike Pappy, is right there on the shelf, humbly, quietly waiting to be tried.
You are inspired to reclaim parts of your being you put on a shelf.
Now he stood on a shelf of rock pitted with depressions, all pools.
I did not want to take it, so I put it on the shelf for Our Lady.
Barby pointed to a shelf, actually a terrace in the rock structure, above and a few yards to the left of the mine entrance.
She took down the parcel from the shelf and undid the string.
See the pots and pans hanging on the wall under the shelf, and the old kettle hanging over the large open fireplace!
late 14c., from Middle Low German schelf "shelf, set of shelves," or from Old English cognate scylfe, which perhaps meant "shelf, ledge, floor," and scylf "peak, pinnacle," from Proto-Germanic *skelf- "split," possibly from the notion of a split piece of wood (cf. Old Norse skjölf "bench"), from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, cleave" (see scale (n.1)).
Shelf life first recorded 1927. Phrase on the shelf "out of the way, inactive" is attested from 1570s; of unmarried women with no prospects from 1839. Off the shelf "ready-made" is from 1936. Meaning "ledge of rock" is from 1809, perhaps from or influenced by shelf (n.2). Related: Shelves.
"sandbank," 1540s, of unknown origin. Related: Shelfy "abounding in sandbanks."
See continental shelf.