Idiom – Bottom of the Barrel
Bottom of the Barrel – Idiom of the Day
Anything of low quality; the dregs; least desirable.
Usually part of the phrase: scrape the bottom of the barrel.
The expression is derived from the historical practice in the early United States of storing food in barrels; when food supplies ran low, only what was on the very bottom of the barrel remained, and had to be removed by scraping.
- The media is literally scraping the bottom of the barrel for stories that might damage the presidential candidate.
- Given the level of the candidates present for the interview, it was clear that the company was definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel for their position.
- You are scraping the bottom of the barrel if you’re visiting Mumbai for good food.
- The LA Lakers are for sure scraping the bottom of the barrel by playing LeMarcus in the starting lineup.
- Try looking for good chocolate in an American supermarket. You’ll be taking your pick from the bottom of the barrel there.
- You’re scraping the bottom of the barrel if you are looking for a job in this town.
- You’re scraping the bottom of the barrel if you plan to study in this country. If you want something good, you will have to go overseas.