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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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Left to pay out of pocket at clinics or commercial drugstores, patients gravitate towards cheaper options, like leeches.
Many of the leeches they tested contained DNA from an animal called the Annamite striped rabbit.
Leeches normally carry parasites in their digestive tract which cannot survive in humans and do not pose a threat.
Approximately 3 km south of the above site, beside the Darebin Creek in Bundoora, two leeches were located on separate, recently deposited L.
Some leeches live on land animals but more do on aquatic ones.
Leeches were commonly used for blood letting by doctors in the 19th century, but have made a comeback in modern medicine in plastic surgery to help re-establish blood supply to affected areas.
In fact the leeches you will find in the garden are just part of nature's fauna and an important part of the food chain.
We did some research and found that leeches are actually a major predator of frog embryos.
But it died as leeches usually donAEt survive here.
Medicinal leeches and their role in integrative medicine are examined in Chapter 13.
He's three-and-a-half and I bought him from Biopharm Leeches outside Swansea for about pounds 10.
Siddall looks down at his feet: A handful of leeches have latched on to his bare skin.
By the 1800s, leeches were considered a virtual cure-all, and millions were used in Europe and the United States.
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Medicinal leeches (Hirudo medicinalis, Ricarimpex SAS)