An imaginary prize said to be awarded to the person who is last in a race or other competition: they finished with the wooden spoon after losing a penalty shoot-out
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- Graham and the team have now been presented with a wooden spoon booby prize for their efforts.
- The ceremony is also to include the award of a wooden spoon for the worst performer in the parliament.
- It's one thing beating Italy and Scotland, who are competing for the wooden spoon.
a spoon made of wood was formerly given to the candidate coming last in the Cambridge mathematical tripos.