scrap heap

noun

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 The ability to run Windows is what saved the MacBook from the scrap heap of computing history. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "7 features the new MacBook must copy to catch up to the PC," 10 Nov. 2020 The demands of developing new electric and self-driving vehicles may land the baby Benzes on history’s scrap heap. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Mercedes GLA250 is a good small SUV, but is that good enough?," 28 Oct. 2020 He was signed by Ned Colletti off the scrap heap in 2014. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Justin Turner’s act of selfishness leaves stain on Dodgers’ championship moment," 28 Oct. 2020 The Lions, meanwhile, found their leading rusher, 35-year-old Adrian Peterson, on the free agent scrap heap in early September. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "If RBs are so easy to find, why do Detroit Lions keep taking them high in NFL draft?," 14 Oct. 2020 But a month after the Detroit Lions signed Peterson off the free agent scrap heap, the 35-year-old still is churning out yards and nowhere close to calling it a career. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Ageless Detroit Lions RB Adrian Peterson wants to play till 40 — and he might do it," 2 Oct. 2020 In the mobile home community of Coleman Creek Estates, just north of Ashland in the town of Phoenix, there were 14 trailers that Mr. Torres had rescued from the scrap heap and transformed into a rare type of affordable housing for immigrants. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "An American Dream, Scorched in Oregon," 29 Sep. 2020 The Lakers picked him up off the scrap heap after center DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending knee injury. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Hey, Magic fans, Dwight Howard may finally win a championship in Orlando! | Commentary," 22 Sep. 2020 With Means back to normal, Alex Cobb around for one more year, and a young group of pitchers ready to chip in, the Orioles may not have to go picking off the scrap heap to fill out their rotation any longer. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles reset: Next time the team is at Camden Yards, expect plenty of changes on the field," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of scrap heap

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Scrap heap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrap%20heap. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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scrap heap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scrap heap

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

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