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 Sheldo’nian Theatre.Shell (A) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Shelf.
 
Laid on the shelf, or shelved. A government officer no longer actively employed; an actor no longer assigned a part; a young lady past the ordinary age of marriage; a pawn at the broker’s; a question started and set aside. All mean laid up and put away.   1
 


 Sheldo’nian Theatre.Shell (A) 

 
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