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bottom feeder

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  1. bottom fish.
  2. an opportunist, as in politics or business: bottom feeders who buy up commercial failures.
  3. a person having low status; loser; lowlife: bottom feeders hanging out in seedy bars.
  4. a person who appeals to base instincts: Gossip columnists are the bottom feeders of journalism.
Also called bottom-fisher [bot-uh m-fish-er] /ˈbɒt əmˌfɪʃ ər/ (defs 2–4).
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bottom feeder

noun
  1. a fish that feeds on material at the bottom of a river, lake, sea, etc
  2. an objectionable and unimpressive person or thing
  3. Also called: bottom fisher a speculator who buys shares in companies that are performing poorly in anticipation of improved performance
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