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Meaning of bottom feeder

bot'tom feed"er

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  2. a person who functions or seeks to gain at the lowest level of an activity: bottom feeders who buy undervalued stocks; social bottom feeders hanging out in seedy bars.
  3. a person who appeals to base instincts: a bottom feeder who directs cheap horror films; Gossip columnists are the bottom feeders of journalism.
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