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booby prize

An award given to the worst performer in a competition. Roy would get the booby prize for today's race—I didn't know a person could run so slow!
See also: booby, prize

no prizes for guessing (something)

A phrase indicating that the answer is very easy to deduce. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. No prizes for guessing why Sarah didn't show up to work on the day after her birthday.
See also: guess, no, prize

booby prize

a mock prize given to the worst player or performer. Bob should get the booby prize for the worst showing in the race.
See also: booby, prize

prize someone or something above someone or something

to value someone or something more than anyone or anything else. He prized his only daughter above everyone else in the world. Scott seemed to prize his sports car above all the members of his family.
See also: above, prize

(there are) no prizes for guessing what..., who..., etc.

(informal) (it is) not difficult to guess or find the answer to something: No prizes for guessing who does all the work around here.
See also: guess, no, prize
References in classic literature ?
I'm glad the prize come to Riverboro 't any rate, and a han'somer one never was give out from the Wareham platform.
Rebecca won't have any new clothes out o' the prize money," remarked Mrs.
Oh, I KNEW it would win the prize -- I was sure of it.
Then, if it didn't win the prize, you'd never know and you wouldn't feel badly over it, because the stories that failed were not to be returned, and if it did you'd have such a delightful surprise.
Our friend the Sheriff of Nottingham hath proclaimed a shooting match, and hath sent messengers to tell of it through all the countryside, and the prize is to be a bright golden arrow.
Nay, good David, what thou tellest me maketh me to desire the prize even more than I else should do.
Here is the prize for the first sack-race," said Miss Lydia, taking a large parcel from the table where the prizes were laid and giving it to Mrs.
Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes.
You forget this, and threaten to rob me of the prize for which I have toiled, and which the sons of the Achaeans have given me.
Nay," said Rob, "but you are a good fellow by this token, and if I win not, I hope you may keep the prize from yon strutters.
A prouder young woman was seldom seen than she, when, having composed herself, she electrified the family by appearing before them with the letter in one hand, the check in the other, announcing that she had won the prize.
These, then, are the prizes and rewards and gifts which are bestowed upon the just by gods and men in this present life, in addition to the other good things which justice of herself provides.
Haarlem offered prizes for tulip-growing; and this fact brings us in the most natural manner to that celebration which the city intended to hold on May 15th, 1673 in honour of the great black tulip, immaculate and perfect, which should gain for its discoverer one hundred thousand guilders!
Thirdly, when the knights present had accomplished their vow, by each of them breaking five lances, the Prince was to declare the victor in the first day's tourney, who should receive as prize a warhorse of exquisite beauty and matchless strength; and in addition to this reward of valour, it was now declared, he should have the peculiar honour of naming the Queen of Love and Beauty, by whom the prize should be given on the ensuing day.
After all, it's jolly easy for him to get prizes," they said, "there's nothing he CAN do but swat.