the scum of the earth

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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.
Here is a fellow, who, infected by the most pestilent and blasphemous code of devilry that ever was known, abandoned his property to the vilest scum of the earth that ever did murder by wholesale, and you ask me why I am sorry that a man who instructs youth knows him?
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.
So while gardai have done their best to stamp out the scourge of burglaries, it is now over to our politicians to draft meaningful legislation which won't let these scum of the earth offenders off with a slap on the wrist.
These people are the scum of the earth and not fit to walk among society.
Last night we were robbed by the scum of the earth praying (sic) on flood victims.
Those who can indiscriminately shoot at children from pointblank range are the worst scum of the earth and cannot claim to have faith in any religion whatsoever, let alone Islam.
Branded "the scum of the earth by his victims", the 66-year-old sexually abused boys as young as 12 before he was jailed in 1994 for 10 years.
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.