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bottom feeder

1. Someone who occupies or tries to advance 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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The bottom feeders made bids, but they never got any place," said Koch.
The result of all this is that the auction room is now perceived less as a room full of bottom feeders or dregs of the market going cheap, but rather, characterised by the likes of repossessed commercial property in very good condition.
The result of all of this is that the auction room is now perceived less as a room full of bottom feeders or dregs of the market going cheap, but rather characterised by the likes of repossessed property in very good condition.
In Springfield's case, gentrification would chase away some bottom feeders who wouldn't be missed.
And how bloody irritating it is to have a landscape cluttered with male Anglophone bottom feeders when you're trying to make a story?
To most Americans, including some job shop suppliers, the world of the smaller supplier to the "big boys" is a world of low-tech bottom feeders.
We have mercifully left out some bottom feeders that did not make the cut in terms of minimum quality.
billionaires, bottom feeders, assorted ass lickers,
Getting the bottom feeders off the road means scrupulous carriers get a larger share of the business.
Are we bankers or e-traders, bottom feeders or commoditizers?
These bottom feeders are fighting for their lives to screw the consumer, who, gee whiz, just may want to buy a wine from a supplier who just doesn't have a wholesale agent to handle its product.
And like Burton, a tribute artist aching to come out (see Ed Wood), Paizs has an affinity for bottom feeders, those who leaders rely on to achieve and maintain power, yet deem local yokels.
It is possible to re verse this trend: Cleanups of contaminated waterway sediments remove the pollution, so it is no longer avail able to the bottom feeders (like catfish, for example) which pass it along up the food chain.
After all, you build houses to make a profit - not to give them away to bottom feeders.