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scrape the bottom of the barrel

To use or select from the last or worst of the resources or options from a particular range or set, even if they are not satisfactory, because there are no others to choose from. We used to get hundreds of qualified candidates, but lately I feel like we've been scraping the bottom of the barrel with the applicants we bring in. A: "These were the best you could get?" B: "Sorry, the selection was already picked through, so I really had to scrape the bottom of the barrel even to find those."
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scrape the bottom of the barrel

to select from among the worst; to choose from what is left over. You've bought a bad-looking car. You really scraped the bottom of the barrel to get that one. The worker you sent over was the worst I've ever seen. Send me anotherand don't scrape the bottom of the barrel.
See also: barrel, bottom, of, scrape

scrape the bottom of the barrel

tv. to utilize the last or only things or people available, even if unsatisfactory. (see also bottom of the barrel.) They were really scraping the bottom of the barrel when they picked you.
See also: barrel, bottom, of, scrape
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I mean, you have to be scraping the bottom of the barrel to cast Hoon as the PM-in-waiting.
The PVV see themselves as 'pro-nature' but they are being viewed as scraping the bottom of the barrel with this sort of suggestion.
Outspoken former NZRL star Mark Geyer said: "New Zealand is scraping the bottom of the barrel to pick a bloke who is much a Kiwi as I'm from Somalia.
But combine a low budget and low imagination and you will starting scraping the bottom of the barrel.
TV companies really are scraping the bottom of the barrel to try to entice viewers back, with EastEnders being the latest case in point.
I'm a fair-minded person, but as a practising Catholic I think she is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
And minister for parliamentary business Bruce Crawford added: "The opposition are scraping the bottom of the barrel and only coming up with inaccuracy and innuendo.
THE Conservative party are really scraping the bottom of the barrel in their Cathcart by-election campaign.
EastEnders has long been a show where misery reigns supreme, but the show's producers are really scraping the bottom of the barrel if this kind of shock tactic is the only thing they can come up with to attract viewers.
I think we're really scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to turn Agbonlahor into a Scot.
We were scraping the bottom of the barrel to get a squad together and everybody was talking about Dunfermline in negative terms.
Simone Simmons, a close friend of the princess, added: "This is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Once again we are scraping the bottom of the barrel for signings and it is a disgrace.
The SNP's Sandra White said: "This is the lowest of the low and it is scraping the bottom of the barrel to even think of opening such a place.
ITV is now so desperate for viewers that they have reached an all-time low, really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this rubbish.