Wednesday 6 June 2007

Phrase of the Day 95: 'bottom of the barrel'

"to scrape the bottom of the barrel"

definition: to use the very last and worst of your resources, opinions (because there is no choice)

(brát poslední z posledního)

example: "Asking your sister to go to the cinema with you, is really scraping the bottom of the barrel"

origin: This phrase refers to the sediment left by wine in a barrel, and was first used by Cicero to describe the lowest elements of Roman society.

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