from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pile or heap of waste material.
  • noun A place for discarding useless or worthless material.

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  • noun A pile in which junk is discarded.
  • noun figuratively A collection of discarded or rejected items or ideas.
  • noun A junkyard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun pile of discarded metal
  • noun an accumulation of refuse and discarded matter


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scrap +‎ heap


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  • Not to mention the rag-tag scrapheap of genetic history that underlies folk from Northern Europe.

    2 (or 3) Women; Where To Go For 1 Month? 2005

  • Even more amazing than the guys the phillies got off the scrapheap are the guys so many phans were eager to scrapheap

    Can't Stop The Bleeding 2008

  • A report came out yesterday which warned that a generation of young people face being left on the jobs "scrapheap".


  • A report came out yesterday which warned that a generation of young people face being left on the jobs "scrapheap".

    Archive 2009-10-01 Dylan Jones-Evans 2009

  • I love how the pundits who post on this blog are ready to consign Bell and Johnson to the scrapheap which is baseball mediocrity when they are both still in their early 20s, still learning and really have barely begun their professional careers.

    Blog updates 2009

  • Its iconic South Bank studio, home to the programme since 1992, was flogged off to al-Jazeera and the sofa was sent to the scrapheap – as were most of the GMTV faces.

    Daybreak: ITV's morning has broken? 2011

  • Though made of bronze, "Many Glacier" was constructed originally out of twisted, weathered, "stray, downed pieces of wood," which the artist collects on her Montana ranch and in Hawaii; and the ghostly, whitewashed sculpture—a controlled state of collapse—suggests stone, petrified wood and a scrapheap of bones.

    Soaring Heights, A Sense of Horses Lance Esplund 2011

  • He refers to himself as "a dinosaur" and is taunted by an old criminal rival who teases him about his impending retirement: "You're days from the scrapheap."

    The (Really) Long Goodbye Alexandra Alter 2011

  • Still, it will have come as some consolation to Woods, as well as warning to those who have consigned him to the scrapheap, that when the day was done he was tied with the Irishman on the leaderboard and only one shot behind Mickelson, who flattered for a while before slipping back to two under par for 15 holes completed.

    Hunter Mahan quells the Blue Monster to emerge as the early leader 2011

  • The march for jobs may have started small, but the anger of young people left on the scrapheap through no fault of their own will strike a chord with many thousands more.

    Even Mervyn King is losing faith in Osborne 2011


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