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    #1

    leave something upon the shelf

    A song goes like 'you gotta leave that 9 to 5 upon the shelf and just enjoy yourself...'


    I was wondering what else can we leave (up)on the shelf.

    Are the following sentences OK? On or upon is more preferable?

    1. You gotta leave that old Buick on the shelf and get a new Mercedes.

    2. Your girlfriend is phony. Why don't you leave her on the shelf and ask out that chick you met yesterday.

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    Re: leave something upon the shelf

    Leaving girlfriends on the shelf doesn't sound natural; ditch them. It's not really getting rid of; if you leave something on the shelf, you put it to one side and ignore it or do nothing about it:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/referen...the+shelf.html

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