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[bot-uh m-fish] /ˈbɒt əmˌfɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
to fish with a weighted line for fish that feed close to the bottom.
Also, ground-fish.
Origin of bottom-fish
First recorded in 1840-50


[bot-uh m-fee-ding] /ˈbɒt əmˌfi dɪŋ/
the activities of a bottom feeder.
Also called bottom-fishing
[bot-uh m-fish-ing] /ˈbɒt əmˌfɪʃ ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
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  • One, I suppose, never goes afloat or engages in any bottom fishing whatever without this reserve, if the maggots are in season.

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior
British Dictionary definitions for bottom fishing

bottom fishing

investing in low-priced shares that show prospects of recovery or in shares that are low-priced because of a general market decline in the hope of making a profit
Derived Forms
bottom fisher, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for bottom fishing

bottom fishing

noun phrase

The activity of investing in securities when it is believed the market has reached bottom following a major decline; searching for investment bargains



Showing the instincts and practice of a bottom feeder: bottom-feeding biographies have existed as long as people have been able to write (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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