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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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These "savvy shoppers" use my store as a walk-in showroom for these bottom-feeding websites.
It is a time when many criminals and crazies from the Mariel boat-lift; hordes of opportunistic bottom-feeding rip-off artists; spies and ousted political players from several Central-American war zones; as well as numerous violent dopers known as 'cocaine cowboys,' have converged on South Florida, making it seem as though Casablanca and Dodge City had merged.
Even then, DeLorenzo uses the company to make a point about how Toyota has a better relationship with suppliers than the Detroit manufacturers tend to, and there probably aren't too many suppliers who would disagree with DeLorenzo's assessment: "Unless Detroit fundamentally changes its approach to the whole supplier issue, they will end up bottom-feeding for parts around the world and throwing their lot in with the lowest-common-denominator supplier/flavor of the month that will give them exactly what they ask for and deserve.
Not only does it provide many of them with a resting place, but the ice also gives rise to a specific food chain--one that supports bottom-feeding species, like crabs and gray whales.
So in the loss column, they're five games behind division-leading San Diego and seven ahead of bottom-feeding Colorado.
Bottom-feeding people onto the property ladder with cheaper houses merely enables more people to afford to exploit those who can't.
The species--as expected--varied significantly in their mercury content, with large predatory tuna containing the most and bottom-feeding flounder the least.
It's settled onto the lake bottom where it's ingested by the tiny life forms that live there, as well as bottom-feeding fish such as catfish.
A fat, bottom-feeding fish that spends most of its day gulping at the sky in hopes of catching falling crumbs.
The book champions the efforts of small communities, which are, the author says, "certainly one of the few places in the world where the scions of great moneyed families are socially and politically outranked by persons who earn their living stuffing rotten herring in nylon bags in an effort to ensnare large bottom-feeding bugs.
ByMayof2004, it had added $100 back to its price, but the first half of 2004 saw it struggling to break out of its bottom-feeding trough.
He has studied The Fighting Irish, who have a "complete package of game and accouterments," and the bottom-feeding NY Jets.
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