bottom feeder

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bottom feeder (plural bottom feeders)

  1. A fish or other aquatic creature that feeds off the bottom of its habitat; a flatfish.
  2. (by extension, informal, derogatory) A person who operates amidst or thrives on the unwholesome things in a society; one who takes advantage of the misfortune of others.
    • 2013 Nov. 16, Christian Dem in NC, "Bottom-feeders using social media to intimidate witnesses," The Daily Kos:
      “[T]he rise of Facebook, Twitter and other social media has made it harder to control the flow of information, thus making it easier for bottom-feeders to bully witnesses.”
    • 2022 February 2, Elisabeth Vincentelli, “‘Pam & Tommy’: A Story of Sex, Crimes and Videotape”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      The real-life cast of characters grew to include bikers, gamblers, a brutal money lender named Butchie (Andrew Dice Clay) and assorted bottom feeders like Gauthier’s accomplice Milton Ingley (Nick Offerman), a pornographer in the San Fernando Valley.

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