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Fall between the cracks

Posted by R. Berg on April 21, 2003

In Reply to: Fall between the cracks posted by ESC on April 21, 2003

: : Hi,

: : Could anyone tell me the meaning of the following sentence?

: : "This book will attempt to dwell on those aspects which tend to fall between the cracks of these more familiar types of approaches."

: : Thanks a lot.

: : Celia

: The book will deal with aspects that have been overlooked since the main focus has been on more familiar approaches.

: "Fall between the cracks" is a common phrase but I couldn't find it in my references. The image I get is a pile of grain on a table and some of the grains falling off the table and down between the cracks of the floor boards.

Sometimes the expression is "fall through the cracks," which better matches the route that small objects really take when falling.