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I read Times magazine and found it difficult for me to figure out the exact meaning of "bums" in the following sentence.

" For many voters in the heartland, the Jack Abramoff congressional lobbying scandal has simply confirmed their suspicion that all the bums inside the nation's capital are on the take. "

I did try to look on several dictionaries but still not sure of the exact meaning of the word. Please kindly suggest.

Sincerely,
Zenoline
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"Bum" is a word with the broad meaning of a person you don't like, don't trust, won't do the right thing, isn't honorable, etc.

The guy my daughter is dating is a bum.

Congress is full of bums. We oughta' throw the bums out. (Although not grammatic, the way "kinda" isn't a word, there's an expression of "oughta throw the bums out" meaning we should not vote for this group anymore an elect new representatives.)
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Hello Zenoline

Additionally, "bum" means "buttocks", in British English. So the sentence has quite a different (and somewhat disconcerting) meaning on this side of the Atlantic.

MrP