scrap heap


Definition of scrap heap

1 : a pile of discarded metal
2 : the place where useless things are discarded

Examples of scrap heap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kansas City found Damien Williams on the scrap heap of free agency in 2018, then signed him to a two-year, $8.1 million deal after Hunt’s release. Albert Breer,, "What We Know After a Hectic NFL Roster Cut-Down Day," 1 Sep. 2019 Both the financial and housing bureaus could end up on the constitutional scrap heap when the right cases advance. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Calling Judge Kavanaugh," 29 July 2018 All this late-career momentum came after Parra was designated for assignment in early May by San Francisco, who grabbed him off the veteran scrap heap via a minor league contract before the season. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: As Colorado plans October vacations, veteran Gerardo Parra plays on for a contender," 22 Aug. 2019 Jackson was left on the scrap heap after the off-season, picked up by the Blue Jays before bombing out, to the tune of an 11.32 ERA in eight appearances. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Edwin Jackson stars in return to city he calls 'home'," 10 Aug. 2019 The sole remaining Rescue Flotilla One boat — designated USCG-11 — also faced the scrap heap last year, until a King County couple stumbled upon a Craigslist ad for the 77-year-old vessel. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "Coast Guard cutter that survived D-Day landings being restored by King County couple," 8 June 2019 Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov, could be headed to the scrap heap if a new drydock isn’t found. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Beleaguered Aircraft Carrier Could Be Scrapped If New Repair Yard Can’t Be Found," 9 Apr. 2019 Mergers and acquisitions wind up sending a lot of corporations to the scrap heap, leaving making multi-decade naming rights obsolete. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "The Stadium Reverse Curse," 15 Feb. 2019 That nationwide scrap heap grew more rapidly after Beijing’s trade barriers squeezed exports. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Aluminum Scrap Abounds Thanks to Tariffs," 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of scrap heap

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Dec 2019

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“Scrap heap.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrap heap

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

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