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booby prize

a mock prize given to the worst player or performer. Bob should get the booby prize for the worst showing in the race.
See also: booby, prize

prize someone or something above someone or something

to value someone or something more than anyone or anything else. He prized his only daughter above everyone else in the world. Scott seemed to prize his sports car above all the members of his family.
See also: above, prize

no prizes for guessing something

  (British & Australian)
something that you say when it is very easy to guess something (usually + question word) No prizes for guessing who Neil wants to ask to the party.
See also: guess, prize
References in classic literature ?
Thirdly, when the knights present had accomplished their vow, by each of them breaking five lances, the Prince was to declare the victor in the first day's tourney, who should receive as prize a warhorse of exquisite beauty and matchless strength; and in addition to this reward of valour, it was now declared, he should have the peculiar honour of naming the Queen of Love and Beauty, by whom the prize should be given on the ensuing day.
Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes.
Nay," said Rob, "but you are a good fellow by this token, and if I win not, I hope you may keep the prize from yon strutters.
Along with her came her maidens, bearing a chest that contained much iron and bronze which her husband had won as prizes.
Wherefore have all other adventurers sought the prize in vain but that I might win it, and make it a symbol of the glories of our lofty line?
Bessy had been tempted to run the arduous race, partly from mere hedonish gaiety, partly because of the prize.
Let the Achaeans find me a prize in fair exchange to my liking, or I will come and take your own, or that of Ajax or of Ulysses; and he to whomsoever I may come shall rue my coming.
He got the prizes and the scholarships that I went in for.
So, as soon as he had returned safely to Nottingham, he sent messengers north and south, and east and west, to proclaim through town, hamlet, and countryside, this grand shooting match, and everyone was bidden that could draw a longbow, and the prize was to be an arrow of pure beaten gold.
You value your own pride and don't wish to apologize," continued the staff captain, "but we old fellows, who have grown up in and, God willing, are going to die in the regiment, we prize the honor of the regiment, and Bogdanich knows it.
Hiram Sloane told me the other day that a big envelope addressed to the Rollings Reliable Baking Powder Company of Montreal had been dropped into the post office box a month ago, and she suspicioned that somebody was trying for the prize they'd offered for the best story that introduced the name of their baking powder.
But what was the sum of a hundred guilders to a man who was all but sure to buy with it the prize of the Haarlem Society?
At his lowest ebb, when his black suit was in pawn, he made a ten-strike - or so it seemed to him - in a prize contest arranged by the County Committee of the Republican Party.
She resolutely said, "I know not whether Jupiter will allot the prize to my son, but this I do know, that he is at least in the eyes of me his mother, the dearest, handsomest, and most beautiful of all.
The author of the "Thebais" says that when Olenus had been stormed, Oeneus received her as a prize.