Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A knacker's yard.
  • n. A graveyard.
  • n. In the game of dominoes, the pieces reserved to draw from.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • She also emphasized that my new indoor chair (the 17 inch seat) she DOES NOT want back as she says, “You turn around and they (wheelchairs) just multiply in the bone-yard.”

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • You're only fit to enrich the bone-yard -- hardly that; perhaps only for lawyers to get fees of.

    An Outcast or, Virtue and Faith

  • But the horses, unfortunately, were mules, practically ready for the bone-yard; the Quartermaster had put them to one side, as they were useless for any further work, and they were awaiting the arrival of the veterinary officer to receive capital punishment.

    S.O.S. Stand to!

  • The majority of the corpses, however, are dragged out after one to five years and dumped in the common bone-yard, as in all

    Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras — Being the Random Notes of an Incurable Vagabond

  • We even succeed in humbugging ourselves into the belief that we are the people and that wisdom will die with us, when the fact is that our head is loaded with out-of-date lumber -- our every idea moulded or modified by barbarians who were in the bone-yard before Methusaleh was born.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • On a dinky patch with flowers and grass in a civilized bone-yard lot.

    Ballads of a Cheechako

  • Now, I find, they have their doubts, and they pick out a dying old bone-yard whose day is over, or an outlaw that nobody can break and ride.

    The Prairie Mother

  • "No; nor would I condemn a high-strung colt to the bone-yard because I couldn't put a bridle on him the first time I tried."

    The Lever A Novel

  • He knew just exactly when it was time for crawfish to be plentiful down in the Claiborne and Marigny canals; just when a poor, breadless fellow might get a job in the big bone-yard and fertilizing factory out on the railroad track; and as for the levee, with its ships and schooners and sailors -- Oh, how he could revel among them!

    Violets and Other Tales

  • He knew just exactly when it was time for crawfish to be plentiful down in the Claiborne and Marigny canals; just when a poor, breadless fellow might get a job in the big bone-yard and fertilising factory, out on the railroad track; and as for the levee, with its ships and schooners and sailors, how he could revel in them!

    The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories

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