ash heap


Definition of ash heap

: a pile or mound of ashes and other waste often used figurativelyAnd the hallowed notion that banks should operate in secrecy … should be tossed on the ash heap of financial history.— L. J. Davis, Harper’s, June 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 Carter, New York Times, 21 Mar. 1993

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First Known Use of ash heap

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Ash heap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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