bottom feeder

an opportunist, as in politics or business: bottom feeders who buy up commercial failures.
a person having low status; loser; lowlife: bottom feeders hanging out in seedy bars.
a person who appeals to base instincts: Gossip columnists are the bottom feeders of journalism.
Also, bottom-feeder.
Also called bottom-fisher (defs 2–4). Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
bottom feeder
1.  a fish that feeds on material at the bottom of a river, lake, sea, etc
2.  an objectionable and unimpressive person or thing
3.  Also called: bottom fisher a speculator who buys shares in companies that are performing poorly in anticipation of improved performance

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Slang Dictionary

bottom feeder

n. Syn. for slopsucker, derived from the fishermen's and naturalists' term for finny creatures who subsist on the primordial ooze.
Computing Dictionary

bottom feeder definition


The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
The gravel chub is a bottom feeder, thought to eat aquatic insects.
Bottom feeder-diets have shifted to include zebra and quagga mussels.
Two composite samples are taken at each site for screening purposes: one bottom
  feeder and one top predator.
For example, an adult catfish is a bottom feeder, but can grow large.
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