wooden spoonist

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wooden spoonist

slang The person or team that finishes last in a competition. So-named because the imaginary prize for a last-place finish is a wooden spoon. Primarily heard in UK. Of course Roy was the wooden-spoonist in today's race—I didn't know a person could run so slow!
See also: wooden
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There's got to be a wooden spoonist in every competition, but we'll be doing our best to avoid it, and we'll take encouragement from this game.
Scolari, who had threatened to head home if Chelsea couldn't beat the Group A wooden spoonists from Dracula country at Stamford Bridge, said: "It's normal to feel nervous.