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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

end up in the knacker's yard

To be in or enter 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: end, up, yard

ready for the knacker's yard

In 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, home video rental was ready for the knacker's yard once streaming services became common.
See also: ready, yard
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The Department of Agriculture spokesman said farmers would normally call in a knackery to collect animal carcasses.
Safety experts yesterday visited a knackery where a teenager died in a forklift truck tragedy.
"We took it to a nearby knackery where a vet said it had been shot with a high powered rifle.
Managing director of his own film company, Yellow Fever, George is used to being behind the camera filming, writing and editing his own movies including The Knackery and Battle Of The Bone.
- BE IN THE KNOW Be very wary about moves to change jumping game ANTHONY COSGRIFF Weblog Chasing Cheltenham glory from Down Under POSTED AT 12.47pm 4 DECEMBER 2009 EVERYONE in the Victorian racing industry is shocked that the RV board can snuff out jumping in this state, destroying the livelihoods of people they are supposed to represent and condemning hundreds of well-cared for horses to the knackery. This part of the world has truly gone mad.
For brutal, ofhe-wall, funny, Kaite O'Reilly's play about civil war in a Birmingham knackery is in a different league.