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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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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