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the wooden spoon

The imaginary prize for the person finishing in last place in a competition. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I don't expect to win, but I sure hope I don't get the wooden spoon!
See also: spoon, wooden

the wooden spoon

BRITISH
COMMON If you say that someone gets the wooden spoon, you mean that they are the last in a race or competition or are the worst at a particular activity. Cosmos will almost certainly get the wooden-spoon for the second year in a row if they lose. Britain's bureaucrats won the EU's wooden spoon yesterday, as the worst linguists in Brussels. Note: You can use wooden spoon before a noun. After their third defeat, the Hawks have confirmed their place as wooden spoon contenders this season. Note: At one time, the student who got the lowest marks in their final mathematics exam at Cambridge University was given a wooden spoon.
See also: spoon, wooden
References in classic literature ?
the first soldier asked, and handed Pierre a wooden spoon after licking it clean.
The milk was good for Pavel, who was often sick, and he could make butter by beating sour cream with a wooden spoon.
Bad luck crushes bulls as easily as bullaces; and, I believe, the fury dogs you: you were born with a wooden spoon in your mouth, depend on it.
I believe you; sad I mean to make my wooden spoon do the work of some people's silver ladles: grasped firmly, and handled nimbly, even a wooden spoon will shovel up broth.
The Dorman Museum invited children along to an animal spoon puppet session, where they were able to transform a wooden spoon into an animal of their choice using a selection of craft materials.
Put the soft butter, sugar and honey into a mixing bowl and beat well with a wooden spoon or electric mixer for about two minutes until fluffy and slightly lighter in colour.
In fact, to feel confident that I can put together a good meal using whatever's around, all I really need is some garlic, a little olive oil and a wooden spoon.
It said believed that Bond's gadget expert Q would suggest his drink be stirred with either a wooden spoon, a wooden coffee stirrer or, if improvising like 007, even a pencil.
ANDY ROBINSON bristled at suggestions Scotland are involved in a wooden spoon decider against Italy.
Or, if they are feeling creative, they could even try transforming a wooden spoon into a traditional Welsh love spoon.
And Phil, from Walmley, in Sutton Coldfield, even presented her with a wooden spoon decorated by pupils from Reynald's Cross School, in Solihull.
Muhammed Rashad, 29, strangled his wife Zahida then battered her with a wooden spoon after she failed to answer the phone.
A Wooden Spoon statement said: "Spoon Challenges are asmuch about fun as they are about fundraising.
garlic in your stainless steel cookware and stir with a wooden spoon shaped for the job.