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Sit around collecting dust

"to just sit around collecting dust" / "to be just sitting around collecting dust"

Meaning: to not be used at all

Similar Expressions
  • The tablet just sits around collecting dust.
  • I never use the tablet.
When do we use it?

This is a fun expression that is used to describe a thing or machine that we bought but never use. This expression is a joke that means the thing or the machine's only purpose is to sit there and collect dust.

How do we use it?

We put the thing or machine as the subject of the sentence and put this expression after it. We can use it in the present tense or the present continuous.
  • The rowing machine just sits around collecting dust.
  • Why did you buy that machine? It is just sitting around collecting dust.
It is also possible to use other verb tenses.
  • I sold it because it was just sitting around collecting dust.
  • Don't buy it. It will just sit around collecting dust.
Example English Conversations

A) That is a nice bike.
B) Thanks, but I never use it. It just sits around collecting dust.
A) That's too bad. You should get out and ride it more often.

A) Why did you buy that tablet? You never use it. It just sits around collecting dust.
B) I thought I needed it, but it is just easier to use my computer or phone for everything.

A) I'm thinking about buying an exercise machine for my home.
B) Like a treadmill?
A) Yes, something like that or a stationary bike.
B) Don't do it. You hate exercising. So, it will just end up sitting around collecting dust.

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