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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!
See also: leak
[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.
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.
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.
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.
take a leak
Urinate, as in Excuse me, I've got to take a leak. [ Vulgar slang; c. 1930]
take a leakINFORMAL, RUDE
When a man takes a leak, he urinates. I've got to take a leak, keep your eye on my drink, will you?
have (or take) a leakurinate. informal
spring a leak(of a boat or container) develop a leak.
The expression was originally a nautical one, referring to the timbers of a wooden ship springing out of position and so letting in water.
take a ˈleak(slang) pass urine (= waste liquid) from the body: I’m just going to take a leak before we leave.
spring a ˈleak(of a boat, roof, container, etc.) start to let water in: The boat sprang a leak halfway across the lake.
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.
take a leakand 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.
take a leakVulgar Slang
spring a leak
To starting leak a fluid suddenly: The boat sprang a leak. My balloon has sprung a leak.