scrape the bottom of the barrel
be reduced to using things or people of the poorest quality because there is nothing else available - informal
Related Idioms and Phrases :
be bumping along the bottom
(of an economy or industry) be at the lowest point in its performance without improving or deteriorating further.
the collection of linen, clothes, and household items assembled by a woman in preparation for her marriage.
The bottom drawer was the traditional place for storing for such articles. The US equivalent is hope chest.
the bottom falls out of something = the bottom drops out of something
something fails or collapses totally.
the bottom line
the final reality
the important conclusion
Literally, the bottom line is the final total in an account or balance sheet.
1991 Sun The bottom line is that we would rather have Venables and Sugar than Gazza, Maxwell and Scholar.
from the bottom of your heart
with sincere feeling
reach the bottom of water with your feet
be at the lowest or worst point
be in possession of the full facts - British
you can bet your bottom dollar
you may be absolutely certain - informal
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