ADJ. high, low | deep, shallow | bottom, middle, top He took a book down from the top shelf. | bare, empty | open | dusty | glass, metal, wooden | bathroom, kitchen, library, shop, supermarket
VERB + SHELF have The fridge had three shelves. | build, put up She soon learned how to put up her own shelves. | arrange sth on, display sth on, put sth (back) on, replace sth on, return sth to, stack sth on, stock I put the packet back on the shelf. He's got a job stocking shelves in a supermarket. | clear I've cleared a shelf in the cupboard for you. | get sth down from/off, pick sth from/off, remove sth from, take sth down from/off The supermarket immediately removed the product from its shelves. | fill, fit on, go on, remain on, sit on Souvenirs filled the shelves. Her diaries just sat on the shelf for years (= nobody looked at them for years). | reach (for/to) She reached for the shelf next to the bed.
SHELF + VERB be full of sth, contain sth, hold sth
SHELF + NOUN space | life The medicine has a shelf life of six months.
PREP. off a/the ~ I knocked it off the shelf by accident. | on a/the ~ the books on the shelves | ~ of a shelf of books on economics
PHRASES be filled/lined with shelves The walls of her study were lined with shelves. | a place on your shelves The book deserves a place on everyone's shelves.