booby prize


Definition of booby prize 

1 : an award for the poorest performance in a game or competition

2 : an acknowledgment of notable inferiority

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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, "How World Cup Group Play Is Shaking Out," 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, "The Lesson Hollywood Should Learn From Love, Simon," 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

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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