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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.
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These bankers put cash on nag heading for knacker's yard, not winning post
Manager Mark Hughes has deserted us for Blackburn, a host of squad members are approaching retirement, and hopes of qualification are surely at the gates to the knacker's yard.
Andrew Caddick, Alex Tudor, Steve Harmison and even spinner Ashley Giles are all prone to injury while Andrew Flintoff was ruled out of the first Test following surgery on his hernia and Darren Gough is heading for the knacker's yard after three knee operations.
STUART LOVELL last night admitted Livingston were lucky not to be in the European knacker's yard.
My sheep are not cull ewes that are fit only for the knacker's yard.
Anabaa, who nearly ended up in the knacker's yard as a two-year-old before going on to sprint glory, looks like turning into a top-class stallion.
The most cheery thing, though, is that The Invisibles ends with him in his Speedos, effectively thumbing his nose at any suggestion that he might be ready for the knacker's yard.
Note to cinema owners: Please consign the film reels to the knacker's yard, and make them into glue.
A Defra spokeswoman insisted any kennel taking dead animals had to upgrade to a knacker's yard -proving it had a viable future without hunting.
44million, including, in the case of the former chief executive Ian Harley, a bonus of pounds 372,000, even though the company was heading for the knacker's yard.
Purse, who has failed to reproduce his form of last season, should remember Birmingham City are one step away from the knacker's yard - namely Bescot Stadium.
If they can't do their dance routines, it's time for the knacker's yard.
SHARES in bookies William Hill took a tumble after bosses consigned a new computer system to the knacker's yard.
HE might be 35, but Dennis Bergkamp is not ready for the knacker's yard just yet.
It's been a great piece of business and although he is 37 he certainly doesn't look ready for the knacker's yard yet.