throw (someone or something) on the scrap heap

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throw (someone or something) on the scrap heap

To completely discard someone or something that is unwanted, especially in an unceremonious way. The phrase implies that the thing being discarded is being treated as worthless, completely irredeemable, or not worth fixing. The entire design is in danger of getting thrown on the scrap heap if we can't solve the overheating issue. Fred's worked here for 30 years and they just throw him on the scrap heap like that? That ain't right.
See also: heap, on, scrap, throw
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It is bad enough that a great British industry has been all but destroyed and hundreds of workers thrown on the scrap heap, but the fact that so many serious questions need answering suggests this is a major scandal.
ly/1JvmMaz) SO someone who has just been thrown on the scrap heap is expected to pay like PS1,000 and foot the bill for justice when he's got no food .
More or less after every conflict, after fighting for us the soldiers were thrown on the scrap heap.
But BA and BMI need to do all in their power to ensure the 90 or so workers at Belfast City Airport are not thrown on the scrap heap - many of them after years of service.
THE new coalition government completely overlooks one group of workers desperate for a job but thrown on the scrap heap, that is the over -50s.
Our young people are just being thrown on the scrap heap and they deserve better.
Speaking about Lynn, Esther Rantzen said: "There are so many recent cases of older women being thrown on the scrap heap.
Shortly, along with others, they are to dispense with his services and he is being thrown on the scrap heap.
They could have told us what Maggie had in store - the destruction of manufacturing, homes repossessed and the trashing of pensions and savings as millions of people were thrown on the scrap heap just to make fat cats obese.
Hard-working, talented people cannot be thrown on the scrap heap.
After months of getting into trouble with teachers for bad behaviour and failing to study, he faced being thrown on the scrap heap.
Over-50s thrown on the scrap heap were guaranteed pounds 175 a week by the Chancellor if they can find a job.