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bottom feeder

or 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 called bottom-fisher (defs 2–4). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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bottom feeder

a fish that feeds on material at the bottom of a river, lake, sea, etc
an objectionable and unimpressive person or thing
Also called bottom fisher. a speculator who buys shares in companies that are performing poorly in anticipation of improved performance
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bottom feeder

noun phrase

  1. A despicable, predatory person who exploits and fancies the squalid; scumsucker, sleazebag: Jesse Helms, David Duke, and other political bottom feeders
  2. (also bottom fisher or bottom troller) A person or company that deliberately exploits those in difficulty and profits by their poverty or misfortune: which has made the bottom trollers start to take notice

[1990s+; fr the presumed disgusting habits of fish and other marine forms that feed on the bottom, hence eat slime, excrement, etc; the fact that bottom means ''ass'' may not be entirely irrelevant]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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