ash heap

noun

Definition of ash heap

:a pile or mound of ashes and other waste often used figuratively
  • And the hallowed notion that banks should operate in secrecy … should be tossed on the ash heap of financial history.
  • —L. J. DavisHarper’sJune 1991
  • … relegating the old-fashioned station break to the same television ash heap as the variety show, the “Please Stand By” sign and the teatime movie.
  • —Bill CarterNew York Times21 Mar. 1993

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First Known Use of ash heap

circa 1650


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