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win the wooden spoon

To finish a contest or competition in last place. (The "wooden spoon" is an imaginary prize said to be awarded to the competitor in last place.) Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Even though his team won the wooden spoon last season, Edwards feels confident that they have as good a chance as any to win the championship this year. I may not have won the wooden spoon, but that was still one of the worst tournament performances of my career.
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win the wooden spoon

be the least successful contestant; win the booby prize.
A wooden spoon was originally presented to the candidate coming last in the Cambridge University mathematical tripos (the final honours examination for a BA degree).
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get, win, take, etc. the ˌwooden ˈspoon

(British English, informal) come last in a race or competition: England must win this match if they are to avoid taking the wooden spoon.It was a custom at the University of Cambridge to give a wooden spoon to the student of mathematics who had the lowest mark/grade for their year.
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It was a distinct improvement after winning the wooden spoon last year.
But it stopped short of mentioning other teams, scrapping ideas for adverts that showed the English team winning the wooden spoon.
Unfortunately Wales suffered defeats in their first two matches, to Scotland and Ireland respectively, before winning the wooden spoon play-off with England.
Professional sport is part of the entertainment business nowadays and, try as we did, it is hard to find winning the wooden spoon and scraping past Tonga as entertaining.
But the raging Scotland boss ordered overtime hoping they'll turn their anger on Holland to avoid winning the wooden spoon. He said: "A few of our batsmen have been far too negative out here, defending long hops instead of hammering them.
lProspects: Winning the wooden spoon battle with the Reggae Boyz is probably all they can hope for.