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booby prize

An award given to the worst performer in a competition. Roy would get the booby prize for today's race—I didn't know a person could run so slow!
See also: booby, prize

no prizes for guessing (something)

A phrase indicating that the answer is very easy to deduce. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. No prizes for guessing why Sarah didn't show up to work on the day after her birthday.
See also: guess, prize

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

(there are) no prizes for guessing what..., who..., etc.

(informal) (it is) not difficult to guess or find the answer to something: No prizes for guessing who does all the work around here.
See also: guess, prize
References in classic literature ?
Here is the prize for the first sack-race," said Miss Lydia, taking a large parcel from the table where the prizes were laid and giving it to Mrs.
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.
That will do, John,” said Natty, raising his prize by one of his fingers, and exhibiting it before the torch; “ I shall not strike another blow to-night.
He entered the hospital with a scholarship, and during the five years of the curriculum gained every prize that was open to him.
After all, it's jolly easy for him to get prizes," they said, "there's nothing he CAN do but swat.
These, then, are the prizes and rewards and gifts which are bestowed upon the just by gods and men in this present life, in addition to the other good things which justice of herself provides.
We had made several prizes in this new way of business, but the last would be extraordinary.
It will add another grace to his triumph, and teach fair ladies to prize the love of valiant knights, who can exalt them to such distinction.
The best fellows are to have places with the King's Foresters, and the one who shoots straightest of all will win for prize a olden arrow--a useless bauble enough, but just the thing for your lady love, eh, Rob my boy?
The detective was evidently inspired by the hope of obtaining the splendid reward which would be the prize of success, and awaited with a feverish impatience, easy to understand, the arrival of the steamer Mongolia.
How mean you, good sir, to enjoy the prize which you have been seeking, the Lord knows how long, among the Crystal Hills?
Immediately on obtaining it -- for I have a presentiment, good people, that the prize is reserved to crown my scientific reputation -- I shall return to Europe, and employ my remaining years in reducing it to its first elements.
Then of a sudden it came to him like a flash that were he to proclaim a great shooting match and offer some grand prize, Robin Hood might be overpersuaded by his spirit to come to the butts; and it was this thought which caused him to cry "Aha
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.