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Verb: fall by the wayside
  1. Give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
    "In the second round, the challenger fell by the wayside";
    - drop out, give up, drop by the wayside, throw in, throw in the towel, quit, chuck up the sponge [US, non-standard]

Derived forms: falling by the wayside, fallen by the wayside, fell by the wayside, falls by the wayside