cellar dweller

noun

Definition of cellar dweller

sports, informal
: a last-place team : a team with the worst record in a league, conference, etc.
  • Northwestern University, long a cellar dweller in the Big Ten, defied all odds and went to the Rose Bowl in 1995.
  • —Andrew Zimbalist
  • … any team in the majors—including the cellar dwellers from the season before—has the chance to be the best in the game.
  • —Tracy Ringolsby
  • The Aggies have morphed from conference cellar dweller to annual contender to a program that has won 17 consecutive home games …
  • —Ailene Voisin

First Known Use of cellar dweller

1906

in the meaning defined above

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