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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

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

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 ?
We can put anything we like in the scrap book department," I explained, "but all the other contributions must be original, and all must have the name of the writer signed to them, except the personals.
Bumble was very far from being) by the strange man's violence; 'but she clutched my gown, violently, with one hand, which was partly closed; and when I saw that she was dead, and so removed the hand by force, I found it clasped a scrap of dirty paper.
Nothing had come of it; and, as I tell you, she died with the scrap of paper, all worn and tattered, in her hand.
Development of the steel belted tire made scrap tire processing more difficult and produced a tire that lasted longer.
Before discussing these events in greater detail, let's first attempt to distinguish between the two terms commonly used as pertaining to the reuse of scrap rubber, recycling and reclaiming.
This article will limit the discussion to areas where the scrap rubber is processed into "reclaim" for use back into similar products where it imparts its resilient elastic properties.
The patented process is a melting routine that allows the manganese content in steel scrap to be reduced during the production of a base iron that is suitable for producing the more ductile grades of ductile iron.
After melting a suitable steel scrap with a controlled graphite addition, the melt is deslagged at a recommended temperature.
Experimentally, the process is capable of reducing the manganese content of steel scrap from 0.
Gallagher notes that when some mill companies expressed concern that their scrap purchasing departments were overpaying for shredded scrap, what they learned from their purchasers and melt managers was that they were paying a premium for low-copper shred, often after it had been run through a newly developed bulk scrap analyzing machine.
That's just an indicator of how this system can accurately look at performance levels on the buy side for our current customers, and I'm certain on the sell side for prospective scrap customers," says Gallagher.
At the same time its RMDAS efforts have been gaining attention on the ferrous scrap and steelmaking side of the industry, ScrapSite has remained focused on serving as a host site for scrap metal online auctions.
Moderated by ISRI President Robin Wiener, the council will provide networking opportunities for the growing number of professional women in the scrap recycling industry Monday, April 26, at 9:30 a.
Additionally, the Meet Your Consumers Reception Wednesday evening will provide scrap dealers the opportunity to interact with representatives of companies that purchase scrap materials.