Meaning of “scrape the bottom of the barrel” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"scrape the bottom of the barrel" in British English

See all translations

scrape the bottom of the barrel

informal UK also scrape 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 bottom of the barrel!

(Definition of “scrape the bottom of the barrel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Need a translator?

Translator tool

Get a quick, free translation!