“lost in the shuffle”

This is an expression that comes from the world of card games and is mostly used in American English. When you shuffle a pack of cards, you mix them up; you don’t know where a particular card is. When a plan or an idea gets lost in the shuffle, it doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. The expression can be used with reference to people as well.

Examples: In refugee camps, orphans often get lost in the shuffle and are left without food for days.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – October 02, 2006.

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