scum of the earth

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of scum of the earth

: the worst people on the earth

Word by Word Definitions

scum play
  1. : extraneous matter or impurities risen to or formed on the surface of a liquid often as a foul filmy covering — compare pond scum 2

  2. : the scoria of metals in a molten state : dross

  3. : a slimy film on a solid or gelatinous object

  1. : to become covered with or as if with scum

earth play
  1. : the fragmental material composing part of the surface of the globe

  2. : the sphere of mortal life as distinguished from spheres of spirit life — compare heaven, hell

  3. : areas of land as distinguished from sea and air

  1. : to drive to hiding in the earth

  2. : to draw soil about (plants)

  3. : ground


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