skid row bum

skid-row bum

A person reduced to abject poverty and squalid living conditions, especially an alcoholic or drug addict. He used to run one of the most successful companies in the city, but then the market crashed and he wound up as a skid-row bum. I have to walk by a couple skid-row bums on my way to work who always beg for my spare change.
See also: bum

skid row bum

n. a down-and-out person; a low alcoholic beggar. Do you want to end up a skid row bum?
See also: bum, row, skid
References in periodicals archive ?
What better training do you get from landing on the street and being a skid row bum and a tramp and a drunk and an alcoholic and a junkie.
In total, Los Angeles will spend nearly $110 million in Community Development Block Grant money this year on everything from starting business improvement districts to counseling Skid Row bums.