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feed off (of) (someone or something)

1. Literally, to use someone or something as a source of sustenance. The kittens still need to feed off of their mother for a few more days.
2. By extension, to use something to one's advantage. These insurance companies are just trying to make money by feeding off our anxieties.
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feed off (of) something

to eat something in particular customarily. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) This creature feeds off fallen fruit. Mosquitoes seem to want to feed off of me!
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feed off

To be nourished, sustained, or fueled by something: The microbes feed off the decaying seaweed. The politicians are feeding off of the public's fear.
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There are times where you've got guys that you can feed off of, and when they're gone then other guys have to pick up the slack,'' Butler said.
They just feed off the fat of the forest," he concludes.
6, Ross says Herczeg has since taken her game to another level, allowing their teammates to feed off her leadership and work rate.
As it turns out, not one microbe but two probably work as a tag team to feed off the methane.
They both kind of feed off each other,'' Agoura coach Jason Rosenthal said.
263) or deep-sea communities that feed off mineral-rich hydrothermal vents.
An exotic population of parrots and parakeets native to South America and parts of Mexico is living wild and free in the San Fernando Valley, apparently escapees from captivity - or their descendants - that have learned to feed off trees and plants in back yards and parks.
The outer shells of manganese oxide are not impenetrable and thus may allow bacteria to feed off of the carbon, which it needs to grow, Sunda suggests.