Scrape-the-bottom-of-the-barrel Definition


(idiomatic) To use the least desirable parts of something.

They must really have been scraping the bottom of the barrel if they couldn't find a better design than that.

Origin of Scrape-the-bottom-of-the-barrel

  • 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.

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