the bottom of the barrel

noun phrase

: the lowest possible condition, level, etc.
After the divorce, Tim felt he had reached/hit the bottom of the barrel.
The excessive coverage of the scandal signals that the news media may have finally hit/reached the bottom of the barrel.

Examples of the bottom of the barrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, as Adams may be the bottom of the barrel, Curtis Sliwa is most definitely underneath that very same barrel! Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 11 Jan. 2024 Recently the Republican Party has been scraping the bottom of the barrel for many of its politicians, giving us the worst president in our nation’s history and a majority leader of the Senate who applied the rules for Supreme Court nominees unfairly. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2024 The West could not match that, having already reached the bottom of the barrel of similar resources. Dara Massicot, Foreign Affairs, 8 Mar. 2024 The rest of the album’s collaborators suggest that Kanye is either scraping the bottom of the barrel or calling any rapper on the Billboard charts to see who will show up. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 10 Feb. 2024

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“The bottom of the barrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20bottom%20of%20the%20barrel. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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