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Scrape the bottom of the barrel


Inferior product. Desperate choice. Low quality. Items at the bottom of a barrel are usually broken, old or rotting, so the phrase signals an inferior product. (Compare to Bargain basement.)

“After we fired him if he got a job with our competitor,¬† which indicates they certainly are scrapping the bottom of the barrel.”

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