Scraping the barrel.

What does "Scraping the barrel." mean?

Today it means: No other choice, accept something inferior, take whatever is left.

A ships meat rations would be supplied soaked in brine and stored in barrels. The fat would become hard and would stick to the sides and bottom of the barrel and was less likely to be used in day to day consumption. However, if you were hungry and there was nothing else, then that would do.

See also: Chew the fat   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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