Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

scrape the bottom of the barrel

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
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • scrape the bottom of the barrel with the new employees
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    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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