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English definition of “scrape (the bottom of) the barrel”

scrape (the bottom of) the barrel

informal
to use the worst people or things because that is all that is available: Richard's in the team? - You really are scraping the barrel!Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
(Definition of scrape (the bottom of) the barrel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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