Lees

There are lees to every wine. The best things have some defect. A French proverb.

“Doubt is the lees of thought.”

Boker: Doubt, etc., i. 11.

Settling on the lees.
Making the best of a bad job; settling down on what is left, after having squandered the main part of one's fortune.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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