scrape the barrel

scrape the barrel
informal to use something or someone that you do not want to use because nothing or no one else is available.

You know you're really scraping the barrel when you have to ask your old mother to come to the cinema with you.

(usually in continuous tenses)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • scrape the barrel — ► scrape the barrel (or the bottom of the barrel) informal be reduced to using the last and poorest resources. Main Entry: ↑scrape …   English terms 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

  • scrape the barrel — v. be compelled to use one s last resource (when a person has exhausted his resources) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scrape the bottom of the barrel — ► scrape the barrel (or the bottom of the barrel) informal be reduced to using the last and poorest resources. Main Entry: ↑scrape …   English terms 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 — 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

  • (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 — scrape (the bottom of) the ˈbarrel idiom (disapproving) to have to use whatever things or people you can get, because there is not much choice available Main entry: ↑scrapeidiom …   Useful english 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 nickels …   Словарь американских идиом

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