scrape the barrel


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scrape the barrel

  (informal)
to use something or someone that you do not want to use because nothing or no one else is available (usually in continuous tenses) You know you're really scraping the barrel when you have to ask your old mother to come to the cinema with you.
See also: barrel, scrape
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The Irish manager is following Jack Charlton's policy of searching for talented second or third generation Irish players, but he will not scrape the barrel like his predecessor.
We have never had a dull episode and we don't want to get to the stage where we have to scrape the barrel for stories.
But if a motor manufacturer can use a naked Claudia Schiffer to try and interest you in changing your car, why shouldn't a much worthier organisation scrape the barrel of a young man's brain to try and get him to change his life?
SCOTLAND, sporting more bumps and bruises from their thrilling 3-2 weekend win over Estonia than old Braveheart William Wallace collected on the battlefield at Stirling, have had to scrape the barrel to get a team together for tonight's qualifier at Pittodrie.
Which just goes to show that when you need a minister from the Lords you really do have to scrape the barrel.
Tait said: "We are in a great run and it was another good win on the road, but there is a lack of strength in depth in the squad and there may be times when we have to scrape the barrel.