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

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"scrape the bottom of the barrel" in British English

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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)