bring up the rear

bring up the rear  {v. phr.}
1. To come last in a march, parade, or procession; end a line.
The fire truck with Santa on it brought up the rear of the Christmas parade.
The governor and his staff brought up the rear of the parade.
2.  {informal}
To do least well; do the most poorly of a group; be last.
In the race, John brought up the rear.
In the basketball tournament, our team brought up the rear.
Categories: informal verb