in the barrel


in the barrel
   American
   about to be dismissed from employment
   Or fired, which makes it twice removed from the standard English discharged.

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  • scrape the barrel — ► scrape the barrel (or the bottom of the barrel) informal be reduced to using the last and poorest resources. Main Entry: ↑scrape …   English terms dictionary

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  • scrape the barrel — informal to use something or someone that you do not want to use because nothing or no one else is available. You know you re really scraping the barrel when you have to ask your old mother to come to the cinema with you. (usually in continuous… …   New idioms dictionary

  • Scraping the barrel —   When all the best people, things or ideas and so on are used up and people try to make do with what they have left, they are scraping the barrel …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • on the barrel — (of payment) without delay I gotta be paid cash on the barrel …   Useful english dictionary


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