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 More like the scrap heap, as far as the Bruins were concerned. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Some tanks, however, are either poorly designed, poorly built, or should have headed to the scrap heap a long time ago. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 12 Apr. 2022 But Volt ultimately joined the Geo Metro on the scrap heap. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Apr. 2022 That’s why so many of them have come down in the last couple of years, as Americans have reassessed who from the past continues to deserve lionization, and who deserves a literal trip to the scrap heap. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Three thousand main battle tanks dwindled to 260; the backbone of the Luftwaffe, the Tornados, are destined for the scrap heap. Josef Joffe, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 Analysts are worried that some of the new Wentzville machinery could end up on the scrap heap, adding to a multitrillion-dollar pile of assets that will lose value as the country shifts away from fossil fuels. Jean Eaglesham, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2021 Converting gas guzzlers helps the environment, especially since more than a million cars in the U.K. end up on the scrap heap every year. CBS News, 13 Nov. 2021 After recounting dozens of fatal shootings, the Good Citizen looked up from his exhausted scrap heap as for applause. Ian Buruma, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scrap heap

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Scrap heap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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