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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.
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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

(rude)
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.
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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.
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take a leak

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

v.
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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1 -- color) While keeping a crude oil spill from leaking farther, crews follow it back to its origin: a dormant underground pipeline near Sierra Highway and Dockweiler Drive, which may have broken in a landslide.
4) Technicians electronically locate and mark the pipeline while laborers or mechanized probing equipment install small probe holes along the length of the suspected leaking section of pipeline (see insert).
Once you locate the guilty circuit, the next step is to try and determine which component within this circuit is leaking.
The Castaic Lake Water Agency will be cited for violating state health regulations after a leaking tank of concentrated hydrogen peroxide was dumped into wastewater, then recirculated into the city's drinking water supply.
Such unseen consumption, commonly referred to as leaking current, constitutes the electric analog of heat seeping out of poorly insulated homes.
Four percent of all pools are leaking at any given time.
Lawyers for President Clinton initiated the highly unusual skirmish, saying they would seek criminal contempt charges against prosecutors for leaking information that is protected by grand jury secrecy laws.
Today, engineers commonly cordon off chemical spills in soil and leaking landfills by digging a thick trench around them, preferably down to a natural clay deposit, and filling the trench with a slurry of clay and soil.
This "minor" leak times the average number of leaking pools (800,000) equates to a daily loss of 112 million gallons.
But Starr said that while he had no ``factual basis'' to suspect his prosecutors or other members of illegally leaking information to the news media, he had begun an inquiry to determine whether any of them had done so.
In 1999, the Port of New Orleans alone suffered 1,571 oil spills from leaking vessels, ruptured pipes, various other causes.
Toxic plumes produced by hydrochloric acid leaking from an oil company tank Wednesday forced the closing of neighborhoods in northwest Ventura, affecting more than 30 businesses and some 1,500 residents.
A ProMag unit, which was being used in the fire and hazardous materials safety school at Texas A&M University, was applied to the leaking tank car.