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leak in (to something)

[for a fluid] to work its way into something. Some of the soapy water leaked into the soil. The rainwater is leaking in!
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leak out

[for information] to become known unofficially. I hope that news of the new building does not leak out before the contract is signed. When the story leaked out, my telephone would not stop ringing.
See also: leak, out

leak out (of something)

[for a fluid] to seep out of something or some place. Some of the brake fluid leaked out of the car and made a spot on the driveway. Look under the car. Something's leaking out.
See also: leak, out

leak something (out)

 and let something (get) out
Fig. to disclose special information to the press so that the resulting publicity will accomplish something. (Usually said of government disclosures. Also used for accidental disclosures.) Don't leak that information out. I don't want to be the one to leak it.

leak something to someone

Fig. to tell [otherwise secret] information to someone. The government leaked a phony story to the press just to see how far it would travel. The government leaks things to the press occasionally, just to see the reaction.
See also: leak

leak through something

[for a fluid] to seep through something. Rainwater leaked through the roof. I was afraid that the crushed orange would leak through the paper bag.
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take a leak

Inf. to urinate. (Crude. Use caution with the topic. Usually in reference to a male.) I gotta go take a leak. Back in a minute. He just went out to take a leak.
See also: leak, take

take a leak

to excrete urine He could see the truck driver with his back to them, taking a leak against an old tree.
Usage notes: usually said about men or boys, but sometimes said about an animal: The dog ran under the trees and took a leak.
See also: leak, take

take a leak

  (very informal!)
to pass liquid waste out of the body I'll be back in a moment - I've gotta take a leak.
See also: leak, take

take a leak

Urinate, as in Excuse me, I've got to take a leak. [ Vulgar slang; c. 1930]
See also: leak, take

leak out

1. To flow out through some breach or flaw in a container; seep out: Water leaked out the crack in the pipe. As the air leaked out of the balloon, it got smaller and smaller.
2. To become known to the public through a breach of secrecy: We were supposed to keep the date a secret, but it leaked out.
3. To release secret information to the public through unofficial channels: A disgruntled worker leaked the scandalous information out to the reporter. Someone leaked out news of the fraudulent business deal to the newspapers.
See also: leak, out

take a leak

and take a piss and take a squirt
tv. to urinate. (Crude. Often objectionable. Usually in reference to a male. Leak is the mildest and piss is the strongest.) I gotta go take a leak. Back in a minute. We stopped at a rest area so old Harry could take a piss.
See also: leak, take

take a leak

Vulgar Slang
To urinate.
See also: leak, take

spring a leak

To starting leak a fluid suddenly: The boat sprang a leak. My balloon has sprung a leak.
See also: leak, spring
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E-RTTM-based leak detection systems are able to handle changing or transient operating conditions that are not recognized by less sophisticated internal leak detection systems.
MULTI-MODAL LEAK DETECTION Pipeline leaks have a wide range of causes and characteristics -- and this leads to a wide range of highly variable signatures on which to base leak detection and localisation.
He added: "Customers require assurance that their plant is designed, built and maintained to the highest standards, and Trace-A-Gas gives us an edge in the critical area of leak elimination.
The difficulty with leaks is the water could be entering in a number of positions then tracking to one central point and - to complicate matters - each of these positions could be contributing, so fixing one cause may not resolve the problem.
The leaks can be enhanced by a molds opening and closing, acting as a virtual pump by slightly moving or shifting tooling with every cycle, and by opening stress cracks that would normally not leak during a static bench test of the circuits.
Leaks can be caused by ground movement, pipe corrosion, soil conditions, or pipesA damaged by contractors working underground, problems exacerbated by the heat and current regime of water cuts, Nicos Zambakides told the Cyprus Mail.
The overall long-term maintenance on the system was greatly reduced versus the mass spectrometer vacuum system because the Falcon Leak Test System does not have a vacuum chamber, a chamber vacuum pump, a mass spectrometer instrument, or a backing pump for the mass spectrometer.
Organizations are at risk of losing a significant percentage of gross revenues because of leaks, gaps and undetected errors in their business processes.
If the TM states that a Class III leak makes the vehicle NMC if found during Before Operations PMCS, the vehicle is probably NMC as soon as you find it during operations.
Roger Tapp confirmed that the habitual dryer problems required four to eight men working for 8-12 hours during scheduled shutdowns to repair leaks resulting from running at such a high differential.
The system requires that a small amount of liquid fuel comes into contact with the cable, from that moment it takes approximately one hour for the leak alarm to be triggered.
said Wednesday it has received about 1,900 calls from its customers over a leak of personal data on subscribers to its broadband Internet access services.
There may be one or more small leaks and no notice is given, then a short time later there is a major leak.
A major chlorine dioxide leak, left Weyerhaeuser and the community of Dryden in reactionary mode, sabotaging the company's good intentions to spend millions on upgrades on the plant this year.
The report also concluded that they're just as likely to leak as regulated ones," says Lois Epstein, an engineer with the Environmental Defense Fund.