informal Be reduced to using things or people of the poorest quality because there is nothing else available: the party was scraping the barrel for competent politicians
More example sentences
- The city doesn't have to scrape the barrel and show us up so much that we are reduced to selling the civic number plates.
- So far we've relived all the favored decades of the 20th century and are now scraping the bottom of the barrel - we have finally made it to the 80s.
- The senseless killing of several citizens in a cruel heartless manner is indicative of our little country scraping the bottom of the barrel of human kindness.