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knacker's yard (plural knackers' yards)

  1. That area of a slaughterhouse where carcasses unfit for human consumption are rendered down to produce useful materials such as glue.
    • 2013, Melusine Draco, Shaman Pathways - Black Horse, White Horse, John Hunt Publishing, →ISBN:
      I can remember one horse being brought to the swimming pool, which looked as though the next stop would be the knackers' yard. The poor animal had taken an hour to get into the horsebox and the owner had brought it to swim in a last ditch at a cure since the vet was ready to put it down.
    • 1955, Sanitary Inspectors Association, The Sanitarian, Volume 63, Sanitary Inspectors Association, page 406:
      The information given when the first animal was presented for slaughter was that lead paint had been consumed and that three other animals of the same herd had died and had been sent to a knackers yard.
  2. (colloquial, figuratively) A place to send a person or object that is spent beyond all reasonable use.
    He is only fit for the knacker's yard.


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