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.
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So, whilst I have seethed inwardly over cut after cut (after cut), the people concerned have quietly filed onto the van taking them to the knacker's yard.
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.
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.
I'VE been in favour of a winter break for years on the grounds that come April those players who have managed to stay fit all season begin to resemble carthorses in need of the knacker's yard.
It looks like the horse may be bolting towards Brum; but if we have anything to do with it, the plans will end up in 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.
Our domestic Parliament, as presently constituted, deserves to go to the knacker's yard as well.
Soon two of them would be shot through the head and dragged off to the knacker's yard.
WELL done to racing trainer Tim Vaughan and all who acted to save the nine-year-old thoroughbred gelding Corran Ard from slaughter in France ("Racehorse saved from knacker's yard after ad spotted," June 30).
RONALDO to Real Madrid, Tevez to Manchester City, Scholes to the knacker's yard.
By the time you get home the only thing you're good for is the knacker's yard.
We do not want to see a thoroughbred turning into a carthorse hobbling to the knacker's yard again.
In my experience, it just means you're dead-beat, ready for the knacker's yard like a clapped-out nag.
BARRY WILSON is desperate to show he is not yet ready for the SPL knacker's yard.