in the wilderness

< Previous | Next >


Senior Member
Is the meaning of "in the wilderness" in the following sentence simply "desert" or it have an idiomatic meaning here, please?

Carmageddon for iPad and iPhone review
Re-released on iOS after years in the wilderness, it can’t help but seem tame by today’s high-definition standards. Source: Macword/Jan. 2013

Best Regards
Last edited by a moderator:
  • Aardvark01

    Senior Member
    British English (Midlands)
    In English translations of the Bible Moses led the people into the wilderness. That context does mean a desert, but we don't have such things in England. What is important is the 'wild' aspect. Any land that is not cultivated (a desert, a jungle, an uninhabited island) is called wild, and "in the wilderness" denotes being outside civilised society.
    In this context it means being outside of popular circles of thought.


    Senior Member
    English - British
    The phrase 'in the wilderness' is used to mean 'neglected' or 'ignored'.
    Here, the meaning is that the developer left it alone and did not update it.
    < Previous | Next >