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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But there is some light-heartedness when Sally, Jenny, Sinead and Yasmeen think they've purchased a stunning racehorse but they've been had - the nag looks more likely to be heading to the knacker's yard than the winner's enclosure.
Tomorrow's vote may provide a clearer view of whether it will be put out to pasture or sent to the knacker's yard.
It was rather appropriate that she visited a Renfrewshire leather factory given her proximity to the political knacker's yard.
And that's how lucky Knickers avoided the knacker's yard. Geoff said: "So we thought let's leave him here, he's not hurting anyone."
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!
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.
There's only one alternative - to send them off to the knacker's yard'?' the 'Yesterday' star said.
So by 2014 and China's Year of the Horse he should be in the political knacker's yard.