Definition of junk heap in US English:

junk heap

noun

North American
informal
  • 1An accumulation of discarded articles that are considered useless or of litle value.

    ‘wood-and-wire keyboards are finding their way into landfills and junk heaps’
    figurative ‘every person that attempted this ended up on the junk heap of history’
    • ‘If there are no spare parts from the original manufacturers, the mechanics would scout for parts from used cars or junk heaps.’
    • ‘At the start of the project, the field was a junk heap.’
    • ‘The fence was rescued from the junk heap five years ago.’
    • ‘By the time it's over, his car is ready for the junk heap, and viewers' nerves are frayed.’
    • ‘Basements can be magical places, or they can be junk heaps.’
    • ‘Wood was gathered from the junk heap at a timber yard and the corrugated sheeting for the roof was picked up at a local reclamation yard.’
    • ‘All machinery is on an irresistible march to the junk heap, and its progress, while it may be delayed, cannot be prevented by repairs.’
    • ‘The application will officially be sent to the junk heap on July 19, but customers can request their data by tomorrow.’
    • ‘"Second wind" could well describe the comeback of starting pitcher David Williams, who appeared headed for the junk heap at the age of 39.’
    • ‘As electronic instruments become more popular, wood-and-wire keyboards are finding their way into landfills and junk heaps.’
    1. 1.1 An old or dilapidated car.
      ‘a kid in a junk heap honked and gave me two thumbs up’