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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
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Incidentally, wooden spoons were not originally related to sport.
My thanks to all who participated in the 2013 Welsh Education Wooden Spoons.
In late 18th-century Britain, wooden spoons were handed out as booby prizes to students with the worst academic performances; later, they were instead bestowed upon the most popular person in a class.
Wooden spoons don't quickly heat to scalding temperatures, chemically react with acidic foods, or scratch pots and bowls, as their metal counterparts do.
A couple of young lads were looking at my bodhran during the first half and must have taken the wooden spoon out.
The tournament was organised with the help of the Wooden Spoon charity, which works on projects throughout Yorkshire.
Twenty-five teams took part and raised the target figure of pounds 6,000, an amount that has been doubled by Wooden Spoon itself.
Partner with a local scout troop or an elementary school in this project that will turn old wooden spoons into Christmas ornaments or wall decorations.
Bring attention to the Wooden Spoon Project by painting a few old wooden spoons and hanging them from the ceilings in your store.
What You Need clear glass container with lid * epsom salts * large box of baking soda * wooden spoon * food coloring * essential oils What You Do 1) To determine how much salts you need to make, fill your container up with water and then empty into a measuring cup.
Whether that old wooden spoon you use is a mass market cheapie or a one-of-a-kind hand crafted item, an heirloom from your grandfather or a future antique you carved yourself, it probably could use some attention.
Thinking about the nature of the wooden spoon made it possible for me to write this poem,' she said.
She said, 'I do not know whether Wales will actually collect the wooden spoon this Saturday.
Next, stand up an assortment of wooden spoons, pasta forks, spatulas, and tongs in the golf bag's top.
A workshop has the beginnings of wooden spoons and other kitchen utensils.