English version

in/into mothballs

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishin/into mothballsin/into mothballsKEEP/STOREkept but not used for a long time With the end of the Cold War, several warships were put into mothballs. mothball
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in/into mothballsThey had been salted away in mothballs and smelt of naphthalene.The £5,500 creation is currently in mothballs in a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.Carl Lewis' countenance was virtually put into mothballs.And the plants that Thorn-EMI set up to press the discs will remain in mothballs.
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