slim pickings

slim pickings

A very small or limited amount to choose from, especially after others have taken from what was originally available. By the time I got to the sale, it was pretty slim pickings left on the racks. A: "Is there any food left from the party?" B: "Just some slim pickings."
See also: picking, slim

slim pickings

A small amount left after others have taken a share. For example, After each of the children took what they wanted of Mother's things, it was slim pickings for the rest of the family . This expression alludes to animals devouring a carcass. [Early 1600s]
See also: picking, slim
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IT was hardly a case of slim pickings when Peter Andre appeared at a Sliming World gig in Birmingham.
In the absence of a Brexit deal, I wish our business leaders luck in finding markets to replace that massive figure - for instance, with the USA in full self-protection mode, there'll be slim pickings there.
It only had a handful of worthy placestwo good restaurants, one decent barbut those were so sublime that you couldn't be bothered by the slim pickings.
But there were slim pickings for the rest, and Greenwood lost his unbeaten record from races completed in Heat 13 when he tried to pass Luke Bowen on the last bend and ended up losing second place to Shanes.
International breaks can often mean slim pickings for columnists but Howard always had things he wanted to say.
Damian says: "I'm finding form which is a shame as it is pretty slim pickings for us this weekend.
STRIP out Meryl Streep's charisma and we're left with slim pickings in this redemptive rock 'n' roll drama.
Do you need any further evidence of the slim pickings of BBC Wales TV programmes every week when all they can advertise is that one programme?
Gillespie also commended the selection of Chris Rogers in the Australian Ashes squad, saying that the veteran has performed consistently over a long period of time for which he has got his reward, adding that Australian batting has had slim pickings over the last few years.
Some want to know what the 'problem' is while others remind me that the clock is ticking and I'd better grab the chance while I can as it's slim pickings the older you get and time's running out.
There look to be slim pickings north of the border this week with the SPL enjoying a week off, but expect goals in the Division Three clash between Annan and Montrose.
and $4 billion to $5 billion in contracts overseas, this seems like slim pickings.
And with Smith still operating on slim pickings Wylde knows just how big a part he could end up playing this season.
There were slim pickings for the environment from the election campaign.