Definition of scrapheap in English:



  • A pile of discarded materials or articles.

    ‘cars on a scrapheap’
    figurative ‘it should be consigned to the scrapheap of technological history’
    • ‘Now, any director worth his or her salt wants to tackle the kind of subjects and scale that seemed to have been consigned to the scrap heap of cinema history.’
    • ‘All that is required is an artistic mind that finds unconventional uses for unwanted material dumped in scrap heaps, or abandoned in rubbish dumps.’
    • ‘One looks at artists like Willie Bester, Patrick Mautloa and Kay Hassan who find their materials on the scrap heap and build them into powerful works.’
    • ‘What does an art teacher do when faced with a ton of plaster gauze and a bird bath salvaged from a scrap heap?’
    • ‘And the move towards digital and flat-screen TVs is likely to lead to millions of TVs being thrown on the scrap heap.’
    • ‘By the time the air force and navy finished their attack on the ship, 34 people were dead, 171 injured, and the ship ready for the scrap heap.’
    • ‘Is he some crackpot pseudo-scientist consigned to the scrap heap of history?’
    • ‘Two men are hoping that it's not bangers and smash this weekend when they race to Naples in a car destined for the scrap heap.’
    • ‘‘You never know what it's like with one of these bikes,’ says Mahlombe, pointing to a decaying bike that looks as if it belongs in a scrap heap.’
    • ‘With the nuclear scrap heap mounting, federal agencies and industry officials want a formalized recycling program in place to speed up the disposal.’
    • ‘What's next for the scrap heap of medical history?’
    • ‘What they left behind was a scrap heap of also-rans and angry old guys.’
    • ‘Until the left does this, it'll have to be content to have it's home on the political scrap heap of history.’
    • ‘Most cars did not make it back to the UK but ended their lives on a scrap heap in Naples.’
    • ‘The inventor believes the H2N-Gen will serve as a bridge between the present and the time when the combustion engine is relegated to the scrap heap of history.’
    • ‘I met with someone who had actually gone to a scrap heap and who had welded a couple of boxes around their Humvees in order to protect themselves.’
    • ‘The car had started to show signs of severe rusting around the body and has in all probability been consigned to the scrap heap.’
    • ‘Well, you can throw that pledge on the scrap heap of desperate promises never kept.’
    • ‘When obsolete, an automobile is thrown in the scrap heap.’
    • ‘A group of aging veterans set out to rescue their beloved boat from the scrap heap by striking a deal to buy it from the Turkish navy and sail it home.’