best of a bad bunch

best of a bad bunch

A person or thing in a group that is slightly better or more desirable than anything or anyone else in the group, even though none of the options available are desirable. To be honest, none of the apartments we can afford looked very nice, but this place seems to be the best of a bad bunch. I don't care for Mary's new college friends. She's still the best of a bad bunch, but she's become a real troublemaker since meeting them.
See also: bad, bunch, of

the best of a bad ˈbunch/ˈlot

(British English) a person or a thing that is a little better than the rest in a group, although none are very good
See also: bad, bunch, lot, of
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HOT FAVOURITE Son Of Rest has "the best of a bad bunch" in stall 17 for tomorrow's Ayr Gold Cup, his trainer Fozzy Stack said yesterday.
But, after yesterday mornings draw ceremony for the six-furlong cavalry charge, Stack said: "We were one of the last half dozen out, so we chose stall 17 - it's the best of a bad bunch.
Arsenal until last week looked to be the best of a bad bunch, until their loss to Manchester United and one has to question whether they have the mettle to eek out results against the top sides on a consistent basis.
VOYEUR David Brucker's tale is the best of a bad bunch
I think she was only voted back on because she was the best of a bad bunch. She''ll probably make it to the final and then disappear without a trace just like Journey South did.
Paolo Maldini was the best of a bad bunch of Milan defenders and Milan's ex-Udinese stars, Thomas Helveg and Oliver Bierhoff, both had absolute stinkers.