bottom of the barrel
The least desirable, the dregs, as in The nominating committee had trouble finding candidates; they were settling for the bottom of the barrel. The phrase often occurs in scrape the bottom of the barrel, meaning “to use the least desirable elements” (because one has no choice), as in Bringing up that minor legal point proves that you're scraping the bottom of the barrel. This metaphor for the sediment left by wine in a barrel was already used by Cicero to describe the lowest elements of Roman society. [First half of 1900s]
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He hits bottom at Rocamadour, a sanctuary in the Dordogne known as a citadel of faith devoted to Mary.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
But, as the keel of the boats touched bottom, each boat-load dashed into the water and then into the enemy's fire.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
In these archipelagos the waters being shallow, the frost was quite intense enough to cool them to the bottom.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
"I have a letter somewhere," looking in the machine drawer and finding the letter in the bottom of the workbasket.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
In the presence of bromin the chloroform, which settles to the bottom, assumes a yellow color.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd