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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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We will fight to get out of this ranking and we don't want to be called as a bottom-feeding team.
They muddy the water through their bottom-feeding behaviour, which has flow-on effects for plants, invertebrates, other fish, and bird life.
For some reason they like the crab at mid depth, like it's trying to get away from the bottom-feeding ray.
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For PS35 he set up a company he called Central Asset Recovery Professionals, or Carp - "after a bottom-feeding fish" and was offered details of about 9,000 debtors.
A consultant they hired concluded that more than 1,000 acres needs to be dredged so that advisories against eating bottom-feeding fish can be lifted.
And there's even less chance that it will approach the puerile bottom-feeding of the Republican contest.
It's disappointing to see Witherspoon attach herself to bottom-feeding stuff like this after her superb recent portfolio, such as Gone Girl.
Jagr, who joined the Bruins as a late-season addition in 2012, was acquired by the Panthers from the Devils for a pair of draft picks in late February after forcing his way out of bottom-feeding New Jersey.
Since his aim is to be the best bottom-feeding video paparazzo in Los Angeles, the audience never loves the character, but his determination is fascinating, even admirable.
Jimmy McMorn from Bedlington soldiered on in freezing conditions to land a 3lb beauty on a ledger set up with a longer cast searching out bottom-feeding fish.
That story includes a Sculpin (a bottom-feeding fish) at the base of the pole and an eagle, fastened to the top of the pole.