when you have to use the worst things or people because it’s the only thing you have
ته دیگ را در آوردن، تا آخر بهره برداری کردن، شیره ی چیزی را کشیدن، از بدها هم استفاده کردن
I knew Barry couldn’t win the game but we had no other choice because there was no one left. We had to scrape the bottom of the barrel.
5 scrape (the bottom of) the barrel informal
to have to use something even though it is not very good, because there is nothing better available :
It was clear that the party was scraping the barrel for competent politicians.
scrape (the bottom of) the ˈbarrel
(disapproving) to have to use whatever things or people you can get, because there is not much choice available
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
scrape (the bottom of) the barrel informal
to use the worst people or things because that is all that is available:
Richard's in the team? - You really are scraping the barrel!
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