doorstop

Used to describe equipment that is non-functional and halfway expected to remain so, especially obsolete equipment kept around for political reasons or ostensibly as a backup. "When we get another Wyse-50 in here, that ADM 3 will turn into a doorstop."

Compare boat anchor.

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Nearby terms:

DoocedDOOMDOORSdoorstopDorito SyndromeDORUMDOSDOS/360

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