For a student living in the UK and learning English as a second language these can be very confusing so every week we do our best to try and explain a few for you!
||"Scraping the barrel"
- “Have you heard? The new Saw film is out next week. They’re really scraping the barrel now, it must be, like, the 10th film!”
- Rihanna’s really scraping the barrel, her new song sounds just like the last one!
- They’re really scraping the barrel for sales assistants here, aren’t they? They don’t seem to know what they’re doing!
- Over-using an existing / old idea, often because it’s easy and can make quick money.
- Struggling to find something new
- Having to use something even if it is not very good, as there is nothing better available.
- The phrase is mainly used in conversational English – but could also be used by newspaper and magazine writers.
- It is used to express negative feelings about something that is supposedly new but is, in their opinion, old and uninteresting.
- To scrape means to rub something against a rough surface, often to remove something from it. For example, scraping the mud off your boots
- A barrel is a large, curved (usually) wooden container, like those used to store wine.
- The last bit in the barrel (the dregs) is not the nicest, but if you were desperate for some wine, you would scrape the last bits out.
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