scum [ skʌm ] noun uncount
1. ) OFFENSIVE an insulting word for someone you think is very unpleasant:
The people who do these terrible things are scum.
2. ) a layer of a dirty or unpleasant substance that forms on the surface of a liquid:
A thick layer of black scum lay on the canal water.
(the) scum of the earth OFFENSIVE
an insulting expression for people you think are very unpleasant

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • scum — [n1] superficial impurities, dirt algae, crust, dross, film, froth, residue, scruff, spume, waste; concept 260 Ant. cleanliness scum [n2] people who are bad, despicable curs*, dregs, lowest, mass, mob, proletariat, rabble, riffraff, rubbish*,… …   New thesaurus

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