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1An aquatic creature that feeds at the bottom of a body of water.
- ‘Some swellsharks are sluggish bottom feeders that prey on dead or sleeping fish or crustaceans.’
- ‘Scraps of fish had fallen to the bottom, and stingrays, which are natural bottom feeders were absolutely feasting on them.’
- ‘Smaller two-hook rigs baited with fresh shrimp will take all the bottom feeders, which really come out to play as the tide drops off around low and high water.’
- ‘Walruses are bottom feeders and generally graze on slow-moving prey in waters no more than 250 feet deep; several species of clams comprise the majority of their diet.’
- ‘Recent observations have dispelled the beliefs that gray whales are only bottom feeders and that they do not eat during their migrations.’
- ‘They are passive bottom feeders, who tend to lie up and sleep during the day, and swim lazily over the reef at night, munching the odd crab.’
- ‘Their use is believed to have pushed the numbers of porpoises, also bottom feeders, in areas such as the Baltic Sea, to the verge of extinction.’
- ‘These scum-sucking bottom feeders are the scourge of fishermen everywhere.’
- ‘For the most part cryptically marked bottom feeders, many clinids change color near spawning time.’
- ‘These fish are primarily bottom feeders and are aided in food finding by sensitive sensory papillae on their lips.’
- ‘Although their underslung mouth suggests a bottom feeder, carp are quite capable of feeding on the surface and can often be seen swirling at emerging food morsels during the warmer months of the year.’
2North American informal Someone who profits from things cast off or left over by others.
- ‘Because of their overall dearth of talent, Washington competes only with the rest of the league's bottom feeders.’
- ‘But it can't do much for your self-esteem to know that you're among the bottom feeders of the workforce, right alongside telemarketers and bill collectors.’
- ‘There are a lot of bottom feeders in publishing looking to make a quick buck.’
- ‘The little side-by-side Chief is, and always has been, one of the financial bottom feeders of aviation.’
- ‘It is well known in boxing circles that he is a bottom feeder.’
- ‘We're never going to be satisfied being a bottom feeder.’
- ‘Question is: will the mobile operator launch with a Vodafone Lite brand - or trawl for bottom feeders with a virtual mobile operator in tow?’
- ‘Instead of stereotyping them as the bottom feeders of the bird world, Davee makes a declarative statement regarding crows' artistic qualities.’
- ‘Slot machines had always been the bottom feeder section of the casinos, the place where husbands sent their wives while they went and lost at roulette.’
- ‘They struck gold simply because most of society consider lawyers as bottom feeders somewhere on the ladder beneath used car salesman and alphabet network anchormen.’
- ‘He may have snubbed his own son, but at least he wasn't a bottom feeder like the other men Tammy dated.’
- ‘In effect, the company has been taken over by its bankers who have signalled that they are not always prepared to sell off ailing investments for a pittance to the bottom feeders now gorging themselves on the corpses of failed companies.’
- ‘The Lions might be able to squeak out a narrow victory over die league's bottom feeders, but all of their warts are exposed when they play a solid team, as Sunday's loss to the Packers showed.’
- ‘Since we contractors are generally regarded as bottom feeders, I appreciate that.’
- ‘When all the work is complete take yourself off for a treat and spend some of the cash that would, by now, be lining the pockets of a bottom feeder had you not been savvy enough to keep him at arms length.’
- ‘His was a bottom feeder bargain basement operation.’
- ‘His handicap has been dropping consistently but he continues to be a bottom feeder.’
- ‘They had to flog it off to a bottom feeder at a distressed price.’
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