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scum

  • a layer of dirt or froth on the surface of a liquid
  • (of a liquid) become covered with a layer of dirt or froth
Use the "Sentences" section of the app to practice with different usage examples of the word.

Examples

Oz understands that the best dynamic is one based on the universal human need to be in control of oneself and feel a sense of honesty, even amongst the most heinous of society’s scum.

green scum found on stagnant pools

I have no doubt that this was the intent of the film-makers: that we ultimately find Ben shallow, and the crew who becomes enthralled with such scum is pitiful.

There, waste components naturally separate, with heavier solids settling to the bottom forming sludge, and lighter solids floating to the top forming scum.

This time, a lonely little girl’s imaginary friend turns real and decides that adults are scum.

Now he has to finish his father’s work and put the kibosh on this gooey alien scum once and for all!

The two cops visit snitches and the usual ghetto scum, and predictably Oak and Tellis’s different methods bump heads.

And if so, who did it: the poor, drug-dealing scum from the nearby projects, or his own rich friends?

A problem may occur when the solids content rises in a lagoon, resulting in the accumulation of solids or scum above the surface.

This quest takes him to underground clubs, and into contact with all kinds of scum.

you drug dealers are the scum of the earth

They may not break down readily and will contribute to the scum or sludge layers.

The Sea is heaven’s own blue like a diamond more lovely in a king’s diadem than in the mines of the Indes but as it gushes up through the broken ice-like salt, it is black, full of asphalte scum - and in the hand slimy, and smarting as a sting.

Sin City is the very depth and form of pulp, a contrasty, blooming monochrome nightmare of the very worst of human scum.

Danielle “Danny” Sofer is conflicted, trying to maintain her femininity while beating down street scum on a daily basis.

Or is someone close to Harvey helping him rid the world of streetwalking scum?

And then he replied, “You’re nothing but Eastern scum and a capitalist rip-off son-of-a-bitch.”

Travis has purged himself by killing this street scum, but his fate is unsettled and his “heroism” is still in question.

On the other hand, the general consensus seems to be that journalists are nothing but pond life scum.

Knowing that the body count was going to be considerably lower this time round I grabbed a ticket and prepared to watch Zebraman lay waste to criminal scum.

The boy next to her (Mike, I assumed) wore a scummy baseball cap turned backwards.

They relocated to a scummy flat in South London where there would be no distractions.

He is able to be suave and scummy at the same time.

Sure they’re scummy, but compared to the stagnant ponds that make up Upper Hutt “City”, they are Mediterranean.

The dregs of his dunked biscuits scummed the surface of the tea.

Also, application of clear waterproofing materials may lock in moisture and crystalline growth, causing more scumming and possible spalling of brick.

He calls no shots, but works as the hit man on various scummy schemes.