ready for the knacker's 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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WHEN I first clapped eyes on Yaya Toure, I thought he looked like a player ready for the knacker's yard.
Despite its unmitigated success, after the cessation of hostilities it was felt the old warhorse was ready for the knacker's yard (it was basically a variant of a gun first issued in 1887), so the Brits decided to cast about for a more "modern" replacement.
The arrival of Pearl Bloodstock's ace sprinter from the Doncaster Breeze-Ups - "I t hink they felt sorry for me," he smiles - a long with the emergence of Qatar Racing's crack two-year-old Ahern and the sale of the gifted Barron-bred youngster Cosmic Chatter to Highclere Thoroughbreds has convinced the trainer that not only is he not ready for the knacker's yard but also that the world has yet to see the best of him.
After celebrating his first anniversary with an easy win, Warnock said: "Heidar was ready for the knacker's yard last year, so they tell me, but in my book he's always been a good player.
At just 28, I wasn't quite ready for the knacker's yard - or so I thought.
A shabby main stand and tiny dressing rooms along with a bumpy, rutted pitch and a decaying clubhouse mean that their tiny ground is ready for the knacker's yard.
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.
She has them until they're ready for the knacker's yard (like her husband, hopefully), so there'll be tears at bedtime when she has to bid farewell to her current one.
When I arrived here last year they said he couldn't do that and was ready for the knacker's yard.
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.
GORDON RUSSELL, better known to his mates as Rusty, turns 37 next month - but he's not ready for the knacker's yard yet.
One repeat after another and an episode of Only Fools and Horses that shows this horse is ready for the knacker's yard.
ALEX RAE insists he is not yet ready for the knacker's yard - even though he's on the brink of his 36th birthday, writes DAVID LEGGAT.
2 reckons the team which went to Seville isn't yet ready for the knacker's yard and identified Champions League sensation Aiden McGeady as the best young player he has worked with since Liam Brady and Glenn Hoddle.
While his horse Rock of Gibraltar stormed to victory at Newmarket, Ferguson's team of supposed thoroughbreds looked ready for the knacker's yard on an afternoon they will want to forget.