slim pickings

idiom

informal
: very few good things to choose from
It was slim pickings on the last day of the sale.

Examples of slim pickings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s slim pickings for guys like me in that world, unfortunately. Zack Sharf, Variety, 21 Feb. 2024 There's slim pickings for guys like me in that world, unfortunately. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 20 Feb. 2024 This also speaks to the slim pickings available on this week’s wire. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2023 Though that’s a problem everywhere, the Midwest has particularly slim pickings. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023 Farmers Insurance is at least the fourth company—after Bankers Insurance, Centauri Insurance and AIG-subsidiary Lexington Insurance—to pull out from the state in the past year, leaving homeowners with slim pickings and higher property insurance bills. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 12 July 2023 Sales on tower fans are slim pickings so far, but this Early Prime Day deal on the Black and Decker Mini Tower Fan is impressing us right now. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 3 July 2023 There was evident relief that Coronation Day’s downpours had relented, yet the clouds parted only to reveal a lot of money had been spent on very slim pickings indeed. Mike McCahill, Variety, 8 May 2023 There were slim pickings for the birds in the landscapes because of the heat and dry weather of summer and fall of 2020. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021

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“Slim pickings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slim%20pickings. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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