the scum of the earth

the scum of the earth

  (very informal)
if a group of people are the scum of the earth, they are the worst type of people
Usage notes: Scum is a layer of unpleasant or dirty substance that has formed on top of a liquid.
People who abuse children are the scum of the earth.
See also: earth, of, scum
References in classic literature ?
So far from having high connections I have no connections at all, and I come of the scum of the earth.
And against that, I have the misfortune to be a convicted felon, who has spent the last ten or a dozen years amongst the scum of the earth, engaged in degrading tasks, and with no identity save a number.
Show us every mark of deepest respect, while we treat you like the scum of the earth.
COWBOY builder Patrick Young is the scum of the earth.
Basically, taking out the scum of the earth - Mexican drug cartels, Taliban terrorist cells, etc - after Roselyn Sanchez is kidnapped.
A few lawyers defending the scum of the earth offer this argument with such zest it suggests a belief that the ghastliest of crimes in this world are but a cry of help from distressed souls.
PEAKY BLINDERS Terry Redmond: When crime happens you get lots of comments saying they are the scum of the earth so why area few crooks from way back good for Birmingham?
It doesn't matter what crime they have committed themselves, anyone who kills a child is seen as the scum of the earth.
April murderer Bridger Child murderers and paedophiles are quite rightly considered to be the scum of the earth but Mark Bridger and his actions takes this to new depths.
The metal thieves who stole Tariq Khan's mobility scooter are the scum of the earth, and must be dragged before the courts.
WHAT a disgusting world we live in with the scum of the earth stealing a memorial plaque from a loved one's memorial.
The Duke of Wellington once described a typical soldier as the scum of the earth.
That Demon Life" tells the story of Linda Smallwood, who loses her job as a criminal defense attorney after a long frustrating line of cases with the scum of the earth.
Coming from the heights of prestige, Coach Hawkins' ways and leadership might not just save the school from a losing streak, but his leadership may stop his school from being the breeding grown of the scum of the earth.