the scum of the earth

the scum of the earth

The absolute worst kind of person or people. The phrase comes from the Bible. The people who carried out those atrocities are the scum of the earth.
See also: earth, of, scum

the ˌscum of the ˈearth

(informal) a person or a group of people thought to be worthless, evil or completely without good qualities: Drug dealers are the scum of the earth. OPPOSITE: the salt of the earth
Scum is a layer of dirt on the surface of water.
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.
A 49-year-old man, who lives near the scene, said: "The people who did this are the scum of the earth.
I had said certain sections of them were creating nuisance and were actually the scum of the earth and that we should not have such tourists in Goa.
The people who did this are absolutely low lifes, they are the scum of the earth.
Duterte sees them, they are derelicts of society, the scum of the earth which are better eradicated in order to redeem 'his' country from them,' Rosales said.
These people are the scum of the earth and not fit to walk among society.
They would tell us we were lower than the scum of the earth to teach us to do as we were told.
Last night we were robbed by the scum of the earth praying (sic) on flood victims.
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.
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.