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bottom feeder

1. Someone who occupies or advances him- or herself from the lowest position in society, politics, business, etc., by taking advantage of the misfortunes or dregs of others. Likened to fish or other animals that feed on refuse at the bottom of a body of water. Money lenders are often considered the bottom feeders of the financial world. Political pundits are all just bottom feeders in my eyes.
2. Any person of low, despicable, or dubious social status. This is an ugly part of town; it's full of drug dealers and bottom feeders. Jerry's just a bottom feeder: he won't get a job, so he just mooches off us every day.
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In some Michigan rivers and streams, bottom feeders have accumulated up to 120 parts per trillion of TCDD, the most toxic of the dioxins.
Even though reds are traditionally bottom feeders, they'll crash baits on top, in 30 to 50 feet of water when they are schooling.
So far this season, both teams have succeeded at the expense of the league's bottom feeders.
As night descends, atheists, humanists, and constitutional scholars tend a watch fire of rationality, hold at bay stealthy bottom feeders who, with charm and misdirection, subvert the national tide.
Longford were second tier bottom feeders flirting with extinction when Kenny took charge, but why does he think they put their faith in such a young manager?
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Playmaker James Berrett con-firmed the players will be determined to go again when they travel to face bottom feeders Notts County next Saturday.
Bottom fishing with cut bait, shrimp and jigs will work on many of the bottom feeders and a live shrimp free lined or fished under a float will get you the free swimmers.
Bryant has only missed two games this season, both back-to-back last month, and the Lakers spilt those games against West bottom feeders Phoenix and Sacramento.
Eventually, truth will become the gold standard of excellence in our industry, and the bottom feeders will simply fade away.
Rutland wrote: "Looking at the style of 'writing' it looks like the work of those bottom feeders that can barely string two words together and every locality seems to have a few.
In female-run macaque societies, big shots' daughters are guaranteed privileged lives while daughters of bottom feeders eke out a miserable existence.
Three of the bottom four - Moseley, Scottish and Plymouth - have four wins, while bottom feeders Esher have none, although they do have the confidence of an unlikely draw at Old Deer Park on Boxing Day.
Hagfish represent an ancient and unique evolutionary lineage; as bottom feeders they play an important role by cleaning the ocean floor and recycling nutrients into the food web which maintains the overall health of the ecosystems they inhabit.
If you don't, then perhaps you're best left in blissful ignorance, because here reside (crowding out the few 'normals' that swim among them) the true bottom feeders of our society.