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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

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


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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As in the case of sludge depth, the F-test for main treatment effect for scum thickness was not significant at an [alpha] = .
She advertises SCUM by writing on the last page of the manifesto, "If you'd like to work to help end this hard, grim, static, boring male world and wipe the ugly, leering male face off the map, send your name and address to Valerie Solanas, Post Office Box 47, N.
7 Coat the entire tiled surface (grout, caulk and all) with an all-purpose cleaner that attacks soap scum.
The new model expands the line's reach -- the original Scum Buster line is sold mostly in discount and mass merchants.
To track the rate of scum formation, they brewed up a pot of a popular black tea blend, Typhoo, in London tap water at 80 [degrees] C, and let it sit.
The improved Kaboom formula really does the trick on bathroom grime and buildup; it works especially well on hard to remove soap scum," said Laurie Kilpatrick, homecare expert and author of Miss Laurie's Smart Guide to House Cleaning.
I hope someone who knows who this scum of the earth contacts the police or crimestoppers and gets them into court.
The despicable cowardly scum who prey on the weak and vulnerable are now facing a murder charge and what they did was beyond contempt.
The scum have stolen a box of poppies from Sainsbury's in Silksworth Lane, Sunderland.
Once again the British are proving themselves to be the scum of Europe by their habit of being unable to handle their drink.
Then, sometime in early 1967, she wrote the book that would change her life: the SCUM Manifesto.
It combines with the suds to form that gross, grimy layer of soap scum on your shower walls.
If those scum bags - who had no political agenda, were making no philosophical statements, and had no deeper motives than for the instant gratification of an urge to have a public temper tantrum - deserve nothing more than discreet observation, then so do I.
Flecks of soapy scum floating on the surface of water draining out of a bathtub sometimes gather into intricate patterns.
The fast-acting formula begins working immediately as the foaming action starts dislodging dirt, scum and mildew.