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wooden spoon

noun
  1. a booby prize, esp in sporting contests
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Historical Examples

  • When Phil showed him how his poverty was his calamity he said, "Ay, ay, I'm only a wooden-spoon man."

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • She set him on his intellectual pins by commencing a conversation on the wooden-spoon exhibition.