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Lie dormant   /laɪ dˈɔrmənt/   Listen
Lie dormant

Be inactive, as if asleep.

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"Lie dormant" Quotes from Famous Books

... winnowing force only to those born to earn their own support by training themselves to be able to render to society services which command return. This training compels the development of powers which otherwise would probably lie dormant. Scotch boy as Watt was to the core, with the lowland broad, soft accent, and ignorant of foreign literature, it is very certain that he then found support in the lessons instilled at his mother's knee. ...
— James Watt • Andrew Carnegie

... religious currents, issued as I was from the European races that for thousands of years had been ploughed by religious ideas. All the atavism, all the spectral repetition of the thoughts and ideas of the past that can lie dormant in the mind of the individual, leaped to the reinforcement of the harrowing religious impressions which ...
— Recollections Of My Childhood And Youth • George Brandes

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