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.
See also: yard
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But he was to become a national cause celebre when the temple elders refused to commit him to the knacker's yard and called for a Judicial Review.
IT appears new New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's policies may already be destined for the knacker's yard after he announced plans to ban Manhattan's historic horse and carriages.
WHEN I first clapped eyes on Yaya Toure, I thought he looked like a player ready for the knacker's yard.
Little do these hapless wannabes know that the only place they are heading for is the knacker's yard.
They're clueless as to what the majority of the electorate thinks, wants or needs and they still don't understand that Britain is fast hurtling towards the knacker's yard and that if we don't find a way out of the financial crisis - we're finished.
But villagers have started a Facebook campaign to stop the donkey, called Joseph, being sent to the knacker's yard.
We might be able to fix some of them, while the others are destined for the knacker's yard," said Assem el-Leithy, one of the ministerial employees engaged in this task.
Sadly Vicky is headed for the knacker's yard in cycling terms, with London 2012 surely her last hurrah.
The weather was dreich and cold, the hoops - the 40 per cent rule - proved insurmountable, the referendum bombed, the government fell (helped to the knacker's yard by a crazy decision by the SNP to back Mrs Thatcher in the subsequent vote of confidence) and a long, dark night descended on Scotland.
Our 'social centres' such as our pubs are fast disappearing and Mr Huddleston does many people a grave injustice by implying that any elderly person who does not want to shop at a supermarket and would prefer to pass the time of day with a shop assistant must be just one step away from the knacker's yard.
Even if it didn't win it would do better than the knacker's yard candidates usually backed by your truly.
A fine career suddenly in the knacker's yard after hitting the buffers.
The sport had better wake up before the knacker's yard beckons.
Let's hope neither party ends up in the knacker's yard.
I'm not ready for the knacker's yard just yet," she said.