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leech

1. noun A person who preys or overly depends upon another, or who clings to another in an parasitic manner. Her younger brother is a bit of a leech, always hanging around us and asking for money.
2. verb To cling to or overly depend upon another person in a parasitic manner, like a leech. She's always leeching off the work other people do in the office.

like a leech

In or having a parasitic, clinging manner or demeanor. Her younger brother is like a leech, always hanging around us and asking for money.
See also: leech, like

like a leech

persistently or clingingly present.
This idiom refers to the way in which a leech attaches itself by suction to the person or animal from which it is drawing blood: the parasites are very difficult to remove once they are attached to the skin and feeding.
See also: leech, like
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These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts, says Leech.
88) for leeches sold by Leeches USA, a medicinal leech supplier based in Westbury, New York.
Leech also noted the global debt overhang, which is up even from Financial Crisis levels.
She felt a connection with that leech, she writes in an e-mail.
Mr Leech, a foster carer who had years of vehicle maintenance experience, did not realise that this would stop the electric gear system from functioning.
Mr Leech studied for his diploma in ophthalmic optics at Northampton Polytechnic, now City University London.
An inquest in Birmingham heard that on February 17 this year, Mr Leech had driven into the compound in the capital city of Juba.
When a nanny was discovered mistreating Tom's toddler daughter last season, Leech recalls, he asked Fellowes if Tom could punish the wayward servant.
The 24-year-old went to A&E at the city's Royal Infirmary, where medics told her if she had not been treated then the leech would have made its way into her brain.
Scientists extract blood stored in the leeches' bodies and look for evidence that the leech fed on rare animals.
But following his arrest after he failed to turn up for his trial Leech, who was living at an address in Cardigan as a condition of bail, pleaded guilty to an alternative offence of assault.
Another big blood sucker is Macrobdella decora, the American medicinal leech, replete with olive green back and gaudy orange belly.
Water was provided to calf in a small bucket and as the calf bent its neck to drink, we were surprised to see the anterior end of the leech protruding through the right nostril (Fig.
A thorough history followed by ENT examination including nasal endoscopy was carried out in each case and site of lodgment of leech documented.
Srinagar, April 29 ( ANI ): Leech therapy is providing much needed relief to the patients suffering from various ailments here.