scrap heap


Definition of scrap heap

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

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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 The 33-year-old was on the NFL’s scrap heap when the Redskins called after losing their second-round pick Derrius Guice to a season-ending knee injury. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Adrian Peterson Has a Little Run Left," 10 Sep. 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of scrap heap

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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