scrape the bottom of the barrel


scrape the bottom of the barrel
scrape the bottom of the barrel
to select from among the worst; to choose from what is left over. •

You've bought a bad-looking car. You really scraped the bottom of the barrel to get that one.

The worker you sent over was the worst I've ever seen. Send me another—and don't scrape the bottom of the barrel.

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{v. phr.}, {informal} To use or take whatever is left after the most or the best has been taken; accept the leftovers. * /At first they took out quarters, but they had so little money that they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel and paid with nickels and pennies for their lunch./ * /The garage owner had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find a qualified mechanic to work for him./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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