booby prize


Definition of booby prize

1 : an award for the poorest performance in a game or competition
2 : an acknowledgment of notable inferiority

Examples of booby prize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And a booby prize awaits for whichever team happens to finish second: a possible date with England in London in the round of 16. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 22 June 2021 Right now, that seems like more a booby prize than a reward. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Mar. 2021 The fact that a currently underemployed Democrat who was at 0 to 1 percent in the polls is now treating a chance to serve in the most elite legislative body in the country as a massive booby prize is a remarkable statement about the institution. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2019 The booby prize for whichever team scrapes together to finish as Group D’s runner-up is a likely round-of-16 matchup with France. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 24 June 2018 The similarly unusual F Cinemascore is often a sign of misleading marketing—like audiences expecting mother!, the most recent honoree of that booby prize, to be a straightforward horror film. David Sims, The Atlantic, 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of booby prize

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of booby prize was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of booby prize

informal : a prize that is given as a joke to the person who finishes last in a competition


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