To use the least desirable parts of something.

Etymology:

  • Derived from the historical practice in the early United States of storing food in barrels; when food supplies ran low, only what was on the very bottom of the barrel remained, and had to be removed by scraping.
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They must really have been scraping the bottom of the barrel if they couldn't find a better design than that.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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كشط الجزء السفلي من برميل

מגרדים את קרקעית הקנה

наскребать

بیرل کے نیچے کھرچنا

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