bottom-feeder
noun Date: 1885 1. a fish that feeds at the bottom 2. one that is of the lowest status or rank 3. an opportunist who seeks quick profit usually at the expense of others or from their misfortunebottom-feeding adjective

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  • bottom feeder — bottom ,feeder noun count 1. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL someone who earns money by doing things that most people do not like or by taking advantage of other people s problems: Tabloid newshounds are considered by some to be the bottom feeders of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bottom feeder — n. 1. BOTTOM FISH 2. Slang a person who preys upon or panders to the base qualities of others bottom feeding adj …   English World dictionary

  • bottom feeder — [n] lowlife base person, bottom fish, hungry puppy, lowest common denominator, riffraff, scum*, slopsucker; concept 412 …   New thesaurus

  • Bottom feeder — A bottom feeder is an aquatic animal that feeds on or near the bottom of a body of water. The body of water could be the ocean, a lake, a river, or an aquarium. Bottom feeder is a general term which is used particularly in the context of… …   Wikipedia

  • bottom feeder — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms bottom feeder : singular bottom feeder plural bottom feeders 1) a fish or animal that lives and eats at the bottom of a lake, river, the sea etc 2) mainly American informal someone who earns money by doing… …   English dictionary

  • bottom feeder — 1. See bottom fish. 2. a person who functions or seeks to gain at the lowest level of an activity: bottom feeders who buy undervalued stocks; social bottom feeders hanging out in seedy bars. 3. a person who appeals to base instincts: Gossip… …   Universalium

  • bottom feeder — bot′tom feed er n. 1) bottom fish 2) cvb a person who functions or seeks to gain at the lowest level of an activity: bottom feeders who buy undervalued stocks; social bottom feeders hanging out in seedy bars[/ex] 3) cvb a person who appeals to… …   From formal English to slang

  • bottom-feeder — noun 1. a scavenger that feeds low on the food chain • Hypernyms: ↑scavenger 2. a fish that lives and feeds on the bottom of a body of water • Syn: ↑bottom dweller • Hypernyms: ↑fish • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bottom feeder — noun a) A fish or other aquatic creature who feeds off the bottom of their habitat; a flatfish b) (By extension) A person who dwells amidst or thrives off of the unwholesome things in a society …   Wiktionary

  • bottom-feeder — n an individual engaged in doubtful , sor did or disreputable activities. The image evoked is of a scavenging fish (swimming in murky waters) and the phrase is used in the slang of the workplace, sometimes as a synonym for bottom fisher. Compare… …   Contemporary slang

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