knacker's yard


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knacker's yard

n
1. a slaughterhouse for horses
2. informal destruction because of being beyond all usefulness (esp in the phrase ready for the knacker's yard)
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As you can see from a pic taken seconds later, it looks like the nag he backed is heading for the knacker's yard.
As for The Globe restoration acting as a costly catalyst for Stockton High Street resurrection, surely that particular horse ended up in the knacker's yard long ago
Should Corbyn look a long way from No10 when the Tories switch horses, he'll deserve the knacker's yard.
If Wes Morgan hadn't messed up his clearance at the King Power, or if that free-kick had struck an inch or two closer to the centre of the post at the Kop End, Gerrard would be no closer to the knacker's yard and his critics no righter.
But he was to become a national cause celebre when the temple elders refused to commit him to the knacker's yard and called for a Judicial Review.
IT appears new New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's policies may already be destined for the knacker's yard after he announced plans to ban Manhattan's historic horse and carriages.
WHEN I first clapped eyes on Yaya Toure, I thought he looked like a player ready for the knacker's yard.
And RSPCA officers have revealed it was probably dragged off a truck and left at the roadside - to avoid paying fees to a knacker's yard.
So by 2014 and China's Year of the Horse he should be in the political knacker's yard.
Little do these hapless wannabes know that the only place they are heading for is the knacker's yard.
We might be able to fix some of them, while the others are destined for the knacker's yard," said Assem el-Leithy, one of the ministerial employees engaged in this task.
Sadly Vicky is headed for the knacker's yard in cycling terms, with London 2012 surely her last hurrah.