= S =
slopsucker /slop'suhk-r/ n.
A lowest-priority task that
waits around until everything else has `had its fill' of machine
resources. Only when the machine would otherwise be idle is the
task allowed to `suck up the slop'. Also called a `hungry puppy'
or `bottom feeder'. One common variety of slopsucker hunts for
large prime numbers. Compare background.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.