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on the scrap heap

also in the scrap heap
in a place for things that are not wanted any more Congress is threatening to throw the president's budget on the scrap heap.
Etymology: from the literal meaning of scrap heap (a pile of things that are no longer wanted)
See also: heap, on, scrap

throw somebody/something on the scrap heap

  (informal)
to get rid of someone or something that is not wanted or needed any more (usually passive) Many people over forty who can't find a job feel they've been thrown on the scrap heap.
See also: heap, on, scrap, throw
References in classic literature ?
Nothing had come of it; and, as I tell you, she died with the scrap of paper, all worn and tattered, in her hand.
Sometimes, I make them of scraps of oak, that turn up here and there; sometimes of bits of coffins which the vaults have long preserved.
He was forty-five then and already he had begun the practice of filling his pock- ets with the scraps of paper that became hard balls and were thrown away.
If you don't, there will be more scraps than you will like," cried Margolotte, angrily.
So strong was the play-instinct in him, as well as was his constitution strong, that he continually outplayed Scraps to abject weariness, so that he could only lie on the deck and pant and laugh through air-draughty lips and dab futilely in the air with weak forepaws at Michael's continued ferocious-acted onslaughts.
If ever you should have any scraps for the Bete du Bon Dieu--?
Here, Mother Angenoux, here are some scraps for your cat.
We have been seeing a temporary slowdown of demand for titanium and nickel alloy scrap solely because of the inability of Boeing to ramp up production of the 787 and Airbus' technical problems for the A-380.
South Carolina, North Carolina and Maine lead the nation in a performance ranking of dealing with scrap tires.
But the global commodities markets that underlie the prices being paid for scrap steel, copper and aluminum can be fickle beasts.
Also systems for recycling scrap into blown film, pipe, or profile.
The Emergency Steel Scrap Coalition and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc.
53 million tons of scrap iron and steel -- enough to make at least 500 million refrigerators or build 7,000 Eiffel Towers;
In 2004, AMM initiated a Strategic Scrap Supplier Program to ensure future scrap volume and quality requirements for Alcoa's businesses.
He gathered scrap on evenings and weekends for 10 or 15 years," he recalls.