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scrap heap

noun uk   us  
[C] a pile of old, unwanted things, especially pieces of metal [S] If an idea or person is on the scrap heap, people are no longer interested in them: Some people believe that Communism has been relegated/consigned to the scrap heap of history. Many top class players end up on the scrap heap after a short career.
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