Meaning of “the scum of the earth” in the English Dictionary

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"the scum of the earth" in British English

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the scum of the earth

informal

the worst type of people that can be imagined:

These men are the scum of the earth.

(Definition of “the scum of the earth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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