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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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Liverpool crashed out of the FA and Carabao Cups early and yes, they are in the final of the Champions League and won the wooden spoon in the league but they could end the season with nothing.
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Having won the wooden spoon last year, the well-drilled Welsh team handed out a lesson to the defending champions, beating the host country by four shots, 118-114, the rink skipped by team captain Andy Hopkins adding the vital shots to break a 114-114 deadlock.
McDONALD'S won the wooden spoon in the battle of the big Olympics sponsors, experts claimed yesterday.
But last year it emerged that Wales had won the wooden spoon when it comes to Olympic contracts, gaining just pounds 668,663 in contracts, or 0.01%, with England trousering 99.05% of the cash.
'They are the same players who won the wooden spoon two years ago, but they have had the strength of character, work ethic and perseverance to turn things around.': FROM PAGE 57: Dai's Dossier:Ireland will slow it down at every opportunity The Irish will play a set-piece orientated game They will look to work the touchlines by looking for good field position There will be no loose kicking from Brian O'Driscoll and company
NORTH Wales has won the wooden spoon when it comes to Olympic contracts, it emerged yesterday.
Wales gained third position with 17 fish and England with 13 fish won the wooden spoon - with Mark Andrews being their top rod with two fish.
Four years ago, Wales slid to their first defeat to the Azzurri - and won the Wooden Spoon - just months before the World Cup.
When Wales won the RBS Six Nations Grand Slam last month, it produced a country-wide euphoria as the nation united to celebrate a sporting success, just two years after Wales won the wooden spoon in the same tournament.
Just two years ago the Welsh rugby side won the wooden spoon after losing all their Six Nations matches, while the football side came within a whisker of qualifying for Euro 2004.