Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to explain to me the meaning of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
“This has mainly happened because he has been unable to work for several months, and because some pond-life ripped him off of most of his savings.”
There is no doubt about that the term is derogatory in its comparison of someone with the invertebrates and insects that are found in garden ponds.
The first example that I found comprised the phrase in question is: "Hollywood's hottest execs: either you're in or you're pond-life."
Thank you for your efforts.