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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“Cellar dweller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellar%20dweller. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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