clapped-out


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clapped-out

In poor condition due to overuse or age. This phrase is often applied to cars. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. You can hear her clapped-out car coming from a mile away because the engine is in such poor condition.
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35% would be swayed against a purchase by a clapped-out, inefficient heating system
While praising the firms for their salads, chicken and desserts, he added: 'The meat tastes like it comes from clapped-out cows but they can't afford decent meat at the price their serve it at.
AFTER my dad died 14 years ago, my middle brother Fergus solemnly promised he would keep his memory alive by continuing a great family tradition: the acquisition of clapped-out old motors.
Almost 70 pupils in Years 10 to 13 were involved and the stage was dominated by Greased Lightning, the clapped-out car which is transformed into a gleaming roadster during the story.
A ROBBER was caught as he ran past a police station after his clapped-out getaway car broke down.
In my experience, it just means you're dead-beat, ready for the knacker's yard like a clapped-out nag.
FOUR wannabe adventurers are taking to the open road in a clapped-out car to raise money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
IN a bizarre survey, estate agents are claiming that a clapped-out ruin parked in your driveway (or your neighbour's) will reduce the selling price of your house by an average of 5.
The Geordie actor, best known for his role as Geoff in Byker Grove, was spotted standing by the roundabout outside the Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside, staring in disgust at a clapped-out car seemingly dead on its wheels.
What we should not do, however, is allow clapped-out political dogma to pillage our higher education system.
Many of the more prestigious awards have been doled out to self-confessed drug and alcohol abusers, clapped-out presenters and comedians, plus a catalogue of dubious business tycoons.
Herten is one of the Ruhr towns that is successfully moving from a clapped-out industrial base to one that promises hope for success in the twenty-first century.
We now have clean, comfortable, modern buses as opposed to clapped-out stock no longer any use to any other city, but brought to Merseyside.
LAST year Dispatches spent five months under cover at a London sorting office to confirm what the public long suspected - untrained workers, clapped-out machinery, unvetted casual staff and dumped mail.
I WISH someone would tell me why we have to give old, clapped-out councillors a pounds 30,000 "golden goodbye" so they won't stand at the next local elections.