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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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If you have three 10-inch worms tied on the deck, then the first thing you're going to do is catch the fish that are on the bottom feeding.
Elsewhere things were challenging as bottom feeding fish were seemingly reluctant to feed.
In 1915 Browning was working on a hammerless pump shotgun that utilized a bottom feeding and ejection design, a gun that would, in later years and with a few improvements, become the Remington Model 17.
If you fail to obtain proper intellectual property protection your invention then falls into the general rule of "free to copy," in which case you may be relegated to bottom feeding, competing primarily on price, or trying to replicate others' inventions without running afoul of their intellectual property rights.
To be specific and detail a case in point, bream are traditionally a bottom feeding species and often found to feed in the upper layers of the water.