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slim pickings

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slim pickings

noun phrase

Very little to be had or earned; extremely unprofitable returns: You'llfind it'sslimpickings there, if you're looking for a fast buck (1940s+)

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  • I figured, though, that when I had passed beyond the zone of this gracious hospitality there would be slim pickings.

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slim pickings

A small amount left after others have taken a share. For example, After each of the children took what they wanted of Mother's things, it was slim pickings for the rest of the family. This expression alludes to animals devouring a carcass. [ Early 1600s ]
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