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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Aren't horses in the knackers' yard normally too lame to race?
Under North Tyneside, basic infrastructure such as the promenade has been consistently neglected in favour of 'the wider community',' with the result that the former cash cow will soon be fit only for the knackers' yard.
Keeping my very old (first) car on the road each year and saving it from the knackers' yard.
Certainly, the extraordinary gaffe by Alex Salmond - he said it was Margaret Thatcher's social, rather than her economic policies, to which Scots objected - will have been carefully noted in Fife, which was almost consigned to the knackers' yard by both.
Even some within Labour believe that the Prime Minister is only fit for the knackers' yard.
That was painfully borne out as they galloped to a sensational start - and then saw the winning line become a knackers' yard.
ST JOHNSTONE chairman Geoff Brown, who saved the Perth club from the knackers' yard 12 years ago, has taken a swipe at the clubs which dithered and failed to modernise their grounds.
A grieving businessman seems to have more money than sense when he buys a horse fit only for the knackers' yard.
It was left to Swansea City to give us something to cling on to, climbing up from the knackers' yard to the relative respectability of League One.
KNACKERS' YARD J Kristen leads the way in her Skanger video
Looking at Lea and Susie, she must mean the knackers' yard.
If I were fit for the knackers' yard I'd have no complaints - but I'm not.
The Navy is packing off the mighty Ark Royal to the knackers' yard.
The Tories may be heading for the delights of Blackpool this weekend, but there are those who believe their real destination is the knackers' yard.
Writer John Fay said: "It's madness to hobble a tried and tested thoroughbred by tying it to something heading for the knackers' yard.