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the knacker's yard

A state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. Once a booming industry before the age of the Internet, home video rental has largely ended up in the knacker's yard these days.
See also: yard

end up in the knacker's yard

To be in or enter a state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. Once a booming industry before the age of the Internet, home video rental has largely ended up in the knacker's yard these days.
See also: end, up, yard

ready for the knacker's yard

In a state of ruin or failure due to having become useless or obsolete. Refers to a slaughterhouse for old or injured horses. Once a booming industry, home video rental was ready for the knacker's yard as soon as the Internet became a common household utility.
See also: ready, yard
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I'd call on all trainers not to use horsemeat, but to ban knacker meat would force many trainers out of the game.
It's quite possible this is more prevalent that we realise, and whilst dogs may not be regularly dying, some may be racing poorly due to knacker meat.
But I'm hoping one Pagan prisoner chooses Havinalaf, when they celebrate kidding the knackers off gullible buffoons in authority, and ask to be given a cake with a file in it.
As one of my colleagues put it with a dreamy look in his eyes: "She looks like the kind of woman who'd nail your knackers to the wall.
A PEDIGREE pony was saved from the knackers yard thanks to a copper bracelet normally used to help humans deal with arthritis, according to her owner.
Geoff Huish, 26, was so sure England would triumph he walked into a social club in the middle of the game and shouted: 'If Wales win, I'll cut my knackers off.
A stunned rugby fan at the Leigh social club in Senghenydd, near Caerphilly, south Wales, sa i d : 'When everyone was celebrating after the final whistle a lad jokingly said to Geoff, 'You're going to have to cut your knackers off now'.
Maybe now all of us sexually repressed males can give a look which says: "I'd love to hug and double mwah-mwah you, but if my wife spots us she'll set my knackers on fire.
The ponies are often in a terrible state when they are rescued and many are saved from the knackers yard just in the nick of time," says Sherrie.
When confronted by the trainer, Grange admitted both selling the nine-year-old to the knackers yard and keeping the money.
Wood Magic was given in good faith and I was appalled to learn he had been sold to the local knackers yard.
It appears every man and his dog wants to see Duncan Fletcher hung, drawn, quartered, poked in the eyes, kicked in the knackers (do you still have knackers after being quartered?
MG Rover's rescue from the automotive equivalent of the knackers yard, secured a year ago today, didn't stop the prophets of gloom from continuing to knock the company.
But my staff, who worked their knackers off to keep our profit high, deserve their reward.