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[wey-sahyd] /ˈweɪˌsaɪd/
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.
Origin of wayside
1350-1400; Middle English; see way1, side1 Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Chances are, your financial goals have fallen by the wayside too.
  • They will simply stop seeing their doctor and fall by the wayside unhelped by the charismatic charlatan.
  • Service, however, almost completely falls by the wayside as a subject for which graduate students are prepared.
  • The cost of losing them by the wayside is incalculable.
  • So that particular worry, about the health insurance side of things- can fall by the wayside.
  • If household and family responsibilities were shared before, that quickly goes by the wayside.
British Dictionary definitions for wayside


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

"the side of the road," c.1400, from way + side (n.). To fall by the wayside is from Luke viii:5.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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