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scrape the bottom of the barrel

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scrape the bottom of the barrel

verb phrase

To use one's last and worst resources; be forced to desperate measures: He scraped the bottom of the barrel when he proposed that topic for his paper (1942+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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