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bottom feeder

n.
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.
3. Slang
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.

bottom feeder

n
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

bot′tom feed`er


n.
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).
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bottom feeder - an opportunist who profits from the misfortunes of othersbottom feeder - an opportunist who profits from the misfortunes of others
opportunist, self-seeker - a person who places expediency above principle
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