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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: knacker 'horse-killer' (19-20 centuries) from knacker 'saddle-maker', perhaps from a Scandinavian language

knackers' yard

noun
     
knackers' yard also knacker's [countable] British English
1T a place where horses are killed
2

ready/fit for the knacker's yard

too old to be useful or to work properly

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