the side of the way; land immediately adjacent to a road, highway, path, etc.; roadside.
being, situated, or found at or along the wayside: a wayside inn.

1350–1400; Middle English; see way1, side1

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wayside (ˈweɪˌsaɪd)
1.  a.  the side or edge of a road
 b.  (modifier) situated by the wayside: a wayside inn
2.  fall by the wayside to cease or fail to continue doing something: of the nine starters, three fell by the wayside
3.  go by the wayside to be put aside on account of something more urgent

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Word Origin & History

"the side of the road," c.1400, from way + side. To fall by the wayside is from Luke viii.5.
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Idioms & Phrases


see fall by the wayside.

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Example sentences
Party planning can be overwhelming, but don't let your environmentalism fall by
  the wayside in the interest of convenience.
Of course, there do seem to be certain flavor invariants, even if the food
  pairing hypothesis has gone by the wayside.
Usually, architectural ambition goes by the wayside.
Brands that have stood the test of time for decades are falling by the wayside
  at an alarming rate.
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