bottom-feeder

noun
bot·​tom-feed·​er | \ˈbä-təm-ˌfē-dər \

Definition of bottom-feeder 

1 : a fish that feeds at the bottom

2 : one that is of the lowest status or rank

3 : an opportunist who seeks quick profit usually at the expense of others or from their misfortune

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bottom-feeding \ ˈbä-​təm-​ˌfē-​diŋ \ adjective

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Synonyms

chancer [British], opportunist, self-seeker, temporizer

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First Known Use of bottom-feeder

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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