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table scrap

A piece of food left over from a meal. Don't give the dog another table scrap, I don't want him to get sick. We spend all day cooking their food, and all we get to eat are their table scraps.
See also: scrap, table

on the scrap heap

Among other unwanted or unused things. Typically used after the verbs "throw" or "toss." It was disheartening to have something that took up so much of my time and energy end up on the scrap heap, but that's just the nature of the industry. It felt like I'd been thrown on the scrap heap after Janice left me.
See also: heap, on, scrap

throw (someone or something) on the scrap heap

To completely discard someone or something that is unwanted, especially in an unceremonious way. The phrase implies that the thing being discarded is worthless, completely irredeemable, or not worth fixing. The entire design is in danger of getting thrown on the scrap heap if we can't solve the overheating issue. Fred's worked here for 30 years and they just throw him on the scrap heap like that? That ain't right.
See also: heap, on, scrap, throw

on the ˈscrap heap

(informal) no longer wanted or considered useful: With the closure of the factory, thousands of workers have been thrown on the scrap heap.
See also: heap, on, scrap
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Heavy criticism about shipping decrepit vessels across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans to facilities in developing countries that lack rigorous environmental and safety guidelines is putting even greater pressure on MARAD to award its ship scrapping contracts to domestic firms.
While the company has encountered significant challenges in its attempt to win over a skeptical population with the benefits of a ship scrapping operation, for Bay Bridge, having easier access to a West Coast fleet of ships makes it worth the effort.
However, locating a facility on the West Coast would sharply reduce many of the expenses associated with ship scrapping, including towing.
On Friday the district recommended requiring third-party inspections of vehicles before scrapping, specifying that a vehicle leaking fluids, emitting smoke or making unusual noises cannot be accepted, and re-examining and possibly reducing the value of the credits issued.
Critics of AQMD's scrapping rule say the credits purchased don't equal the amount of smog those cars emit.
Auto shred is a high-volume item on the supply side, and as long as Americans are scrapping obsolete cars at a fast pace, this will keep the twitch supply strong.