scrap heap

noun

Definition of scrap heap 

1 : a pile of discarded metal

2 : the place where useless things are discarded

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His company might claim around seven of them off the scrap heap and turn them into what might be described as a playground for golf shoppers and the Home Depot of golf. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "PGA Tour Superstore moving into space deserted by dying retailers," 19 Mar. 2018 Not after nepotism got him the job — his father, Jerry, took over the team in 2015, then plucked Bryan, twice a failure elsewhere, from the NBA scrap heap. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Could Bryan Colangelo have saved his job if he handled Twittergate differently, throwing his wife under the bus? | Marcus Hayes," 9 June 2018 Their best carrot has been the federal historic preservation tax credit, which for decades has provided a financial incentive for developers and their investment partners to recycle the architectural past instead of consigning it to the scrap heap. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "A small win for preserving the past: General Assembly backs an expansion of state tax credit," 1 June 2018 After becoming a staple on many British streets, the booths began disappearing in the 1980s, with the privatization of British Telecom and the rise of the mobile phone consigning most of them to the scrap heap. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "The Red Phone Box, a British Icon, Stages a Comeback," 22 May 2018 Detroit shrewdly added Jackson, Tobias Harris and Reggie Bullock through trade and found Ish Smith on the scrap heap, but committed substantial money to players like Jon Leuer and Langston Galloway. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Stan Van Gundy and the Death of Dual-Leadership Structures," 7 May 2018 Nearly 50 people turned out Thursday night to urge the Edgerton City Council not to send the rusty artifact on U.S. 56 to the scrap heap. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Half-car fans rally to save Kansas town's gag landmark, suggest moving it to museum | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Now the Taurus is among the nameplates headed for the scrap heap as casualties of CEO Jim Hackett’s massive $25.5 billion cost-cutting binge. David Welch, Bloomberg.com, "Detroit Is Back in Retrench Mode, This Time to Make Real Money," 27 Apr. 2018 Ten years ago this month, investment bank Bear Stearns was consigned to the scrap heap of corporate history, an event that would become one of the first dots on the timeline of the global financial crisis. The Hive, "“This Is Censorship”: W.S.J. Editor Tamps Down on This “Income Inequality” Nonsense," 31 Mar. 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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scrap heap

noun

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: a place where broken or useless things are taken and left

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