bottom of the barrel

 Last resort, last option available.
 ► “As inventories continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel, producers say prices may rise even more in the coming months.” (Chemical Marketing Reporter, April 24, 1995, p. 31)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • bottom of the barrel — AND bottom of the heap n. the location of persons or things of the very lowest quality. (Usually with from. See also scrape the bottom of the barrel.) □ That last secretary you sent me was really from the bottom of the barrel. □ I don’t need any… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • the bottom of the barrel — see ↑bottom, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑barrel the bottom of the barrel : the lowest possible condition, level, etc. After the divorce, Tim felt he had reached/hit the bottom of the barrel. The excessive coverage of the scandal signals …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) bottom of the barrel — the worst or least able members of a particular group. He described them as the bottom of the barrel of American society. There were only 40 students in the new class, and I think the admissions office was getting to the bottom of the barrel.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • scrape the bottom of the barrel — {v. phr.}, {informal} To use or take whatever is left after the most or the best has been taken; accept the leftovers. * /At first they took out quarters, but they had so little money that they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel and paid with …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • scrape the bottom of the barrel — {v. phr.}, {informal} To use or take whatever is left after the most or the best has been taken; accept the leftovers. * /At first they took out quarters, but they had so little money that they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel and paid with …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • scrape the bottom of the barrel — tv. to tilize the last or only things or people available, even if unsatisfactory. (See also bottom of the barrel.) □ They were really scraping the bottom of the barrel when they picked you. □ You scraped the bottom of the barrel for this one. I… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • scrape\ the\ bottom\ of\ the\ barrel — v. phr. informal To use or take whatever is left after the most or the best has been taken; accept the leftovers. At first they took out quarters, but they had so little money that they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel and paid with nickels …   Словарь американских идиом

  • scrape the bottom of the barrel —    If you scrape the bottom of the barrel, you use the worst or the least satisfactory ideas, things or people because you have no choice.     When they started to recruit, they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel because the best people has… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • scrape the bottom of the barrel — informal phrase to use or do something that you know is not very good, because you do not have anything better They’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel with these latest recruits. Thesaurus: to use something, or to be usedsynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrape the barrel (or the bottom of the barrel) — informal be reduced to using the last and poorest resources. → scrape …   English new terms dictionary

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