bottom of the barrel

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - bottom of the barrel

"bottom of the barrel"

the least able member of a group


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - bottom of the barrel

"bottom of the barrel"

the least desirable item from a group


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - bottom of the barrel

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Everybody is so busy around here. We are really having trouble finding someone to take on this new client.

Colleague 2:  What about Larry?

Colleague 1:  That would be scraping the bottom of the barrel. Larry is next to useless, can barely manage what work he has got and has actually lost his last three clients.

Colleague 2:  Do we have a choice?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - bottom of the barrel

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I'm thinking about buying a new car.

Friend 2:  Are you going to buy something nice, a fancy sports car maybe?

Friend 1:  No. My finances won't allow that. I'm going to have to buy an imported bottom-of-the-barrel economy car.

Friend 2:  So, basically, the cheapest one you can find?

Friend 1:  Yes. And probably with the least number of features as well.

bottom of the barrel - Usage:


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bottom of the barrel - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for bottom of the barrel.

bottom of the barrel - Examples:

1)  Or does the USGS simply hire from the bottom of the barrel for their technical staff?

2)  They scraped the bottom of the barrel. They came to within an inch of not having enough material for a uranium ...

3)  ... limited her choice in men to losers. She almost hits the bottom of the barrel when life gives her an unexpected turn as a hottest guy ever suddenly pursues her.

4)  ... reality television couldn't sink much lower, FOX is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

5)  Dude -- she is unattractive. Bottom of the barrel. Needs to put her clothes on and learn how to type. 

6)  It seems you really have to scrape the bottom of the barrel these days to find any positive reports about mobile phone manners.

7)  These TSA officers are also ignorant, bottom of the barrel. Maybe a public high school diploma between a few of them, ...

8)  Shabby jobs for who'd ever hire me. It was the bottom of the barrel, and I scraped it, but I didn't care.

9)  Her dismal mate-rate of 15 percent, bottom of the barrel, confirms her lowly status. 

10)  ... but the games she cited are like scraping the bottom of the barrel. No gamer would cite these as moving instances of artistry within the medium.

11)  I could see myself just buying or leasing a new bottom of the barrel Hyundai econobox and letting them focus on school. 

12)  Some schools become dumping grounds and are populated with the bottom of the barrel.

13)  ... polls over the years and my demographic has always been at the bottom of the barrel preference-wise.

14)  This beer went from the top of the heap to the bottom of the barrel in under a decade.

15)  Both are bottom of the barrel slugs. Lock this murderer up for forever.

16)  ... even you have to admit that you are having to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find those politicians that can somehow qualify.

17)  ... certainly lead to many employers laying off some of their unskilled, bottom of the barrel employees.

18)  That kind of "I'm the bottom of the barrel" mentality does nothing but attract desperate people who are seeking relationships for all the ...

19)  ... always "damaged" people who think the scraping at the bottom of the barrel is the best they deserve.

20)  Samsung also has a ton of expertise in building the bottom of the barrel low end feature phones too so I don't think they'll have trouble making ...