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bottom feeder

1. Someone who occupies or tries to advance 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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Then, who will do the FFL transfers for bottom-feeding websites?
There is less food for bottom-feeding animals like walruses.
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the quality of the bottom-feeding all out of proportion
I don't know who deserves to be more vilified: the bottom-feeding leeches who have made ambulance chasing and perverting the law into an art form; their plaintiffs bar brethren, who by doing nothing are silently condoning this behavior; the jurors who deposit their backbone and common sense at the entrance to the jury box; or the judges who hide behind arcane laws while throwing up their hands in despair saying that they are powerless to do otherwise.
And then there's the bottom-feeding administration bag man, Al "No Controlling Legal Authority" Gore, who never missed a chance to finger his capo as "da greatest I eva' seen.
It's normal for bottom-feeding fish such as koi carp to pick up stones and spit them out when rummaging for food - but yours obviously bit off more than it could chew
This is good news for bottom-feeding fish, which take them in abundance as blood worms.
With its gangly whiskers, bulging eyes, and bottom-feeding reputation, the catfish may not be the most comely of fish.
All month long the networks stacked these bottom-feeding epics one atop the other like cordwood, or like the dead bodies on the screen.
From leopard sharks to sturgeon, the Bay's bottom-feeding fish can provide plenty of sport and tasty eating.
Where we predicted plenty of suspended food, we found more filter feeders such as corals and sponges, and where we predicted more food deposits on the seafloor, we found bottom-feeding animals such as sea cucumbers.
NLEX signed up coach Yeng Guiao, Star and Rain or Shine swapping franchise players in Paul Lee and James Yap while bottom-feeding teams like Blackwater nabbing promising rookies.