Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pile or heap of waste material.
  • n. A place for discarding useless or worthless material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pile in which junk is discarded.
  • n. A collection of discarded or rejected items or ideas.
  • n. A junkyard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pile of discarded metal
  • n. an accumulation of refuse and discarded matter

Etymologies

scrap +‎ heap (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Not to mention the rag-tag scrapheap of genetic history that underlies folk from Northern Europe.

    2 (or 3) Women; Where To Go For 1 Month?

  • Even more amazing than the guys the phillies got off the scrapheap are the guys so many phans were eager to scrapheap

    Can't Stop The Bleeding

  • A report came out yesterday which warned that a generation of young people face being left on the jobs "scrapheap".

    ABANDONING YOUNG PEOPLE IN WALES

  • I love how the pundits who post on this blog are ready to consign Bell and Johnson to the scrapheap which is baseball mediocrity when they are both still in their early 20s, still learning and really have barely begun their professional careers.

    Blog updates

  • Still, it will have come as some consolation to Woods, as well as warning to those who have consigned him to the scrapheap, that when the day was done he was tied with the Irishman on the leaderboard and only one shot behind Mickelson, who flattered for a while before slipping back to two under par for 15 holes completed.

    Hunter Mahan quells the Blue Monster to emerge as the early leader

  • The march for jobs may have started small, but the anger of young people left on the scrapheap through no fault of their own will strike a chord with many thousands more.

    Even Mervyn King is losing faith in Osborne

  • Its iconic South Bank studio, home to the programme since 1992, was flogged off to al-Jazeera and the sofa was sent to the scrapheap – as were most of the GMTV faces.

    Daybreak: ITV's morning has broken?

  • Though made of bronze, "Many Glacier" was constructed originally out of twisted, weathered, "stray, downed pieces of wood," which the artist collects on her Montana ranch and in Hawaii; and the ghostly, whitewashed sculpture—a controlled state of collapse—suggests stone, petrified wood and a scrapheap of bones.

    Soaring Heights, A Sense of Horses

  • He refers to himself as "a dinosaur" and is taunted by an old criminal rival who teases him about his impending retirement: "You're days from the scrapheap."

    The (Really) Long Goodbye

  • But that story -- the one about the antique, "little fireboat that could" that was saved from the scrapheap to once again serve her city in its hour of greatest need -- has been told -- on CBS Sunday Morning, in The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among other places.

    Jessica DuLong: The Untold Story of Ground Zero Evacuations by Boat

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