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Related to scraping the bottom of the barrel: put on airs, get off the ground, cut some slack, give it a shot, stroll around

scrape

A slang expression for a property with improvements that should be bulldozed because they detract from the value of the land.Example: “That old shopping center is a scrape.”

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Escudero - which is a favorite Pilipino metaphor that translates "to use the least desirable elements" (because one has no choice), as in "bringing up that minor legal point proves that you're scraping the bottom of the barrel."
PIERS has reached new lows in his scraping the bottom of the barrel as he meets former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones.
Scraping the bottom of the barrel, however, is Monette's own version of "The Comedy of Errors," staged in the director's anything-for-a-yuck mode--full of bad acting, running gags and in-jokes.
As for that grating you heard this summer, that was the sound of Hollywood scraping the bottom of the barrel. And, with the worst ticket sales in fifteen years, they've got the receipts to show for it.
"We are scraping the bottom of the barrel," the WFP reported on February 10, 2004.
Bbc Wales are really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Nearly two weeks into trial, the Bank has remained largely silent in the face of Deloitte's scathing opening statements, but Mr Stadlen said Deloitte's claim that Bank employees had lied to the Bingham inquiry was, 'scraping the bottom of the barrel'.
And as an employer, you may have been scraping the bottom of the barrel for prospective job candidates.
Neither do Peruvian officials want a fire sale, although the government is scraping the bottom of the barrel for funds to reduce the fiscal deficit and pay its bills.
(the OSG) is scraping the bottom of the barrel for whatever argument is left to support her continued illegal detention,' Hilbay said.
"With Cypriot refereeing scraping the bottom of the barrel due to your choices, omissions, and meddling, it is high time -- if you truly love football -- to radically overhaul refereeing; as for the need for better management of the CFA, now is not the time," Panayi urged Cypriot football's leaders.
It might sound like scraping the bottom of the barrel, but no matter how much dredging Pardew has done this week there has been nothing to cling to.
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