bottom of the barrel
- (figuratively) The position of a person or thing of low quality or poor character.
He went from being at the bottom of the barrel to being an inch above the bottom of the barrel.
2007, Robert Reginald and Douglas Menville, Forgotten Fantasy: Issue #2, December 1970, page 32:
- Here is the first new collection of Rohmer stories in years, and they are the absolute bottom of the barrel! Detective stories, romances, war stories — everything but the "strange stories" advertised in the title.
2010, Donna Wheeler et al., Tunisia, page 212:
- The bottom of the barrel as far as accommodation in the Ville Nouvelle goes.