Значение идиомы scrape the bottom of the barrel

[scrape the bottom of the barrel] {v. phr.}, {informal} To use ortake whatever is left after the most or the best has been taken;accept the leftovers.

At first they took out quarters, but they hadso little money that they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel andpaid with nickels and pennies for their lunch.

The garage ownerhad to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find a qualified mechanic towork for him.


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