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1. A fish or other animal that feeds on the bottom of a body of water.
2. One that feeds low on the food chain; a scavenger.
a. An opportunist who profits from the misfortunes of others: "The frazzled, adrenaline-pumped tabloid newshounds [in the movie] are the bottom feeders of contemporary journalism" (Entertainment Weekly).
b. A low or despicable person.
bottom feeding n.
bot′tom-feed′ing (bŏt′əm-fē′dĭng) adj.
1. (Zoology) a fish that feeds on material at the bottom of a river, lake, sea, etc
2. an objectionable and unimpressive person or thing
3. (Stock Exchange) Also called: bottom fisher a speculator who buys shares in companies that are performing poorly in anticipation of improved performance
1. bottom fish.
2. a person who functions or seeks to gain at the lowest level of an activity: bottom feeders who buy undervalued stocks; social bottom feeders hanging out in seedy bars.
3. a person who appeals to base instincts.Also called bot′tom-fish`er (for defs. 2, 3).