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bottom feeder

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.


the activities of a bottom feeder.
Also called bot′tom-fish`ing.
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Adj.1.bottom-feeding - of or relating to fish and marine life that feed on the bottom of a body of water
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