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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!
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no prizes for guessing (something)

A phrase indicating that the answer is very easy to deduce. No prizes for guessing why Sarah didn't show up to work on the day after her birthday.
See also: guess, 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.
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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
References in classic literature ?
In which case you would have prized it five-and-twenty times less," answered Clara, smiling archly.
Near the western extremity, where Fort Moultrie stands, and where are some miserable frame buildings, tenanted, during summer, by the fugitives from Charleston dust and fever, may be found, indeed, the bristly palmetto; but the whole island, with the exception of this western point, and a line of hard, white beach on the seacoast, is covered with a dense undergrowth of the sweet myrtle, so much prized by the horticulturists of England.
Two lines more prized had never fallen from the pen of the most distinguished author--never more completely blessed the researches of the fondest biographer.
Little Victor in his night-clothes runs to the window, enormously amused at the parabolic flight without reason, for it is too dark to see the grapnel, of my prized tree.
She prized the frank, the open-hearted, the eager character beyond all others.
She was to be their chosen visitor, she was to be for weeks under the same roof with the person whose society she mostly prized -- and, in addition to all the rest, this roof was to be the roof of an abbey