the knacker's yard

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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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IT appears new New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's policies may be destined for the knackers yard after he announced plans to ban Manhattan's historic horse and carriages.
Hammered You would have to be wearing blinkers not to see that if people need to spend their life savings to avoid going hungry, Britain really is heading for the knackers yard.
Wee Wullie, Stirling WHILE reading through your Fit for Life pullout after a long night shift, I thought of another one for all the hard pressed workers carrying this country: Fit for the knackers yard.
Players who were considered to be ready for the knackers yard not only helped pilot the Brummies to promotion, but have excelled back in the Premier League.
Personally I think it must be in a knackers yard because it has had nearly everything removed.
Although not quite ready for the knackers yard, it is time for Archie to put it all down in print, in his autobiography "A Game Of Two Halves", published by Black and White this week.
Bishop added: "This horse deserves his wins as he was rescued from the knackers yard as a three-year-old.
SCOTLAND boss Walter Smith last night rescued his Futures Squad from the knackers yard after an incredible Saturday scramble.
We can't do on-farm burial any more and there is no other way of disposing of them than send them to the knackers yard.
NIGEL Gleghorn's knees are ready for the knackers yard but the 42-year-old still wants to inspire the 'nearly men' of Newcastle Town to promotion.
It has been a great piece of business and although he is 37 he certainly doesn't look ready for the knackers yard yet
Thank goodness I am not a horse otherwise I would have been taken to the knackers yard years ago.
In horseracing, the Duke of Roxburghe's horse, Attraction was set for the knackers yard at the start of the year after an injury.
The so-called fan also wants me to join Speed in the knackers yard.