from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A place in a railroad yard where all old iron, such as bolts, nuts, odd bits of metal, and spikes, is collected.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of scrapheap.


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  • The doctrine of Malthus was knocked into a cocked hat — or flung to the scrap-heap, as Goliah would have put it.

    Goliah 2010

  • He is compounded of meat and wine and sparkle, of sun-mote and world - dust, a frail mechanism made to run for a span, to be tinkered at by doctors of divinity and doctors of physic, and to be flung into the scrap-heap at the end.

    Chapter 2 2010

  • In a few short months, all battleships on all seas will be destroyed or flung to the scrap-heap, and all nations shall disarm; fortresses shall be dismantled, armies disbanded, and warfare shall cease from the earth.

    Goliah 2010

  • Of course you do not think so; but I do not see that that will prevent you from aiding me to fling the anachronism into the scrap-heap.

    Goliah 2010

  • What does World War II have to do with the Fulda Gap or that sad scrap-heap that is the modern Russian army?

    Matthew Yglesias » Defense Spending in Europe 2010

  • This incentive has been a useful device for the development of the human; but it has now fulfilled its function and is ready to be cast aside into the scrap-heap of rudimentary vestiges such as gills in the throat and belief in the divine right of kings.

    Goliah 2010

  • And an unflaggingly optimistic belief that, eventually, people will stop carelessly hurling out ideas destined for that ancient, sorry scrap-heap.

    Cordelia Fine: A Career in Gender? Think Twice Cordelia Fine 2010

  • Again and again, these hypotheses find themselves hurled onto the scrap-heap of scientific history.

    Cordelia Fine: A Career in Gender? Think Twice Cordelia Fine 2010

  • Palm -- considered scrap-heap material a week ago -- will gain some badly needed money and marketing resources after its impending purchase by HP.

    HTC's Incredible addition to the Android phone market 2010

  • It therefore takes a very special kind of professional courage to remain unfazed by the increasing likelihood that today's neurological explanations of inequality will wind up, along with all those from history, out there on that scrap-heap.

    Cordelia Fine: A Career in Gender? Think Twice Cordelia Fine 2010


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