scrape the bottom of the barrel

Meaning(s)

1. be forced to use the worst people or things due to a lack of better options

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Professional

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scrape the bottom of the barrel with the new employees

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When you are 'scraping the bottom of the barrel' you are using what is leftover, or whatever is available, not your first or preferred option. scraping the bottom of the barrel means you are in a potion where there are not great options so you have no choice but to use something bad or substandard due to lack of options.

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  1. The second hand car that James bought was in dreadful condition. He really scraped the bottom of the barrel with that one.
  2. I had a look at the line up for the basketball team and it seems they are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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  1. With the low wages we are offering, we will not attract the best employees. We will only scrape the bottom of the barrel.
  2. We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel with these suppliers. We should be setting our sights a little higher.

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