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

scrape (the bottom of) the barrel

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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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