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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

bathtub scum

A phrase applied to someone that one strongly dislikes. That guy's total bathtub scum—don't hang out with him.
See also: bathtub, scum

pond scum

1. A layer of freshwater algae that forms on the surface of still, stagnating water (such as a pond). I pushed him into the water, and he came out covered in slimy, stinking pond scum.
2. An extremely repugnant, vile, wretched person. You're worse than a rat, worse than a maggot—you're nothing but pond scum! I would never let my daughter date pond scum like you!
See also: pond, scum

soap scum

1. A thin white or gray film of soap, dirt, and skin cells that accumulates around the shower, bathtub, or sink. I don't think the previous owners of this place ever cleaned their bathrooms properly. The soap scum in the bathtubs must have been an inch thick! This spray promises to wash away soap scum without any need to scrub!
2. An extremely repugnant, vile, wretched person. You're worse than a rat, worse than a maggot—you're nothing but soap scum! I would never let my daughter date soap scum like you!
See also: scum, soap

shower scum

1. A thin white or gray film of soap, dirt, and skin cells that accumulates around the tub, tiles, or glass door of a shower. I don't think the previous owners of this place ever cleaned their bathrooms properly. The shower scum alone must have been an inch thick! This spray promises to wash away shower scum without any need to scrub!
2. An extremely repugnant, vile, wretched person. You're worse than a rat, worse than a maggot—you're nothing but shower scum! I would never let my daughter date shower scum like you!
See also: scum, shower

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

bathtub scum

n. a totally despised person. (see also pond scum, shower scum. Also a term of address.) Look out, bathtub scum, outa my way!
See also: bathtub, scum

pond scum

n. a mean and wretched person; a worthless male. (Collegiate. An elaboration of scum, less crude than scumbag. Also a rude term of address.) Get your hands off me, you pond scum!
See also: pond, scum

scum

1. n. a totally worthless and disgusting person. (Rude and derogatory.) You scum! Get out of here!
2. n. low-life in general; disgusting and worthless people. (Rude and derogatory.) Fourth Street is where all the scum in town hangs out.
3. n. semen; seminal fluid. (Usually objectionable.) You’d better clean up the scum from the backseat before you take the car home.

shower scum

n. a despised person; despised people. (see also bathtub scum, pond scum.) Who is the shower scum who put a cigarette butt in my houseplant?
See also: scum, shower
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The sugar scum powder and optimal adsorbent were analyzed with Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy on a Nicolet 5700 spectrometer in the scanning range of 4000 to 400 [cm.sup.-1] (64 scans, at a resolution of 4 [cm.sup.-1]) to identify surface functional groups; the sample was mixed with KBr powder, and the mixture was pressed into pellet.
The 48 experimental units averaged 29.0 cm total solids (combined sludge and scum) prior to initiation of the additive experiment.
She states, "Eventually, the natural course of events, in social evolution, will lead to total female control of the world and, subsequently, to the cessation of the production of males and, ultimately, to the cessation of the production of females." (6) The politics of the SCUM Manifesto are anarchist but are much less communal than the typical anarchist text.
Scum cleaners commonly contain bleach (sodium hypochlorite), which effectively cuts through soap scum and kills mildew.
To study tea scum quantitatively, the English scientists collected scum in a large beaker, washed it, dried it, and viewed it under a scanning electron microscope.
"Hope they catch them." Paul Marzetti-Godman said: "Appalling!" Samantha Jane Kennedy said: "What low life scum. I hope they get caught.
The 'Tory Scum Out' banner was carried by a contingent banned by the SNP and condemned by most independence supporters.
But subtitling software misunderstood the word "comma", which had been spoken by the subtitler, known as a "respeaker", and inserted the offensive word "scum" into the text on screen.
TWEETS & POSTS examiner.co.uk Plea to help vulnerable people after pickpocket steals Kirklees Visual Impairment Network chairman David Quarmby's 'lifeline' phone Scum of the earth BrigDave Pity the phone cannot be made so the first time the evil scum use it, it explodes in their vile hands or takes half their vile face off.
If these people want to commit these type of offences, or any other attack on innocent people, then the sentence should be one that reflects the fact that we the honest people who work hard and have never been in trouble are protected from scum like these people.
Diplacito was held after pushing police away from Glancy and yelling, "scum, scum, scum" at them.
Yvonne Armstrong: "Nothing but scum, hope the police find them and lock them up."
Once a scum bag, always a scum bag," the Mirror quoted one user as tweeting.
The despicable cowardly scum who prey on the weak and vulnerable are now facing a murder charge and what they did was beyond contempt.