- I have a vague memory of the books being shelved under ‘C’ in the library when I were a lass.
- One of the elderly librarians, who was shelving books nearby, scowled at us.
- I have shelved the book once more in anger and it will remain until the next time I forget the cold harsh reality of cook books and their evil ways.
- The council had decided to temporarily shelve the proposal to standardise the sales illustrations of life insurers.
- The plan was temporarily shelved due to capital starvation and a shortage of technology, as well as a lack of talent to carry out the project.
- The water authority has temporarily shelved the plans because of local hostility.
late 16th century (in the sense 'project like a shelf' (Shakespearean usage)): from shelves, plural of shelf1.
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- But the most important job lesson came from observing what we shelvers called the ‘lifers’: the full-time, professional librarians, and the amazing bitterness some of them exhibited.
- But having once been hired as a shelver and fired for incompetence a few hours later, I can attest that library work is larger than it appears in the side mirror.
- And several times the shelvers came up to me and smiled and thanked me.
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- From where I stood, the beach shelved steeply into a channel, perhaps chest deep and a long fly cast in width to the edge of the coral, where it rose to no more than my thigh.
- Under water, the shingle beach shelves down to rows of small rocks and kelp beneath the low-water mark.
- White sands shelve steeply down into clear blue-green water.
late Middle English: origin uncertain; perhaps from shelf1.
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