on the scrap heap

on the scrap heap

Among other unwanted or unused things. Typically used after the verbs "throw" or "toss." It was disheartening to have something that took up so much of my time and energy end up on the scrap heap, but that's just the nature of the industry. It felt like I'd been thrown on the scrap heap after Janice left me.
See also: heap, on, scrap

on the ˈscrap heap

(informal) no longer wanted or considered useful: With the closure of the factory, thousands of workers have been thrown on the scrap heap.
See also: heap, on, scrap
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Shortly, along with others, they are to dispense with his services and he is being thrown on the scrap heap.
DOZENS of Jaguars and Mercedes are ending up on the scrap heap as broke owners abandon them.
Speaking about Lynn, Esther Rantzen said: "There are so many recent cases of older women being thrown on the scrap heap.
Eddie, Eddie And Me On The Scrap Heap is the delightful and original story of how the three social misfits try to help Eddie with his autism-based poor social skills and provide him with a positive and creative atmosphere in which to grow.
So farewell then, Steptoe and Son - the European Commission wants to put you on the scrap heap.
IF YOU think MICHAEL JACKSON's career is on the scrap heap you may be in for a surprise.
The last time the Tories were in power we had a recession, three million unemployed and 50,000 miners dumped on the scrap heap.
MATCH winner Craig Farrell has begged boss Paul Simpson not to throw him on the scrap heap.
We've a good tip for the bin men: Get back to work quickly before you end up on the scrap heap.