live off the backs of

live off the backs of somebody

to use what other people produce in order to live, without giving them anything in exchange He was one of the wealthiest dictators of all time and he lived off the backs of the people.
See also: back, live, of, off
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And he has used the Human Rights Act to stay here and try to live off the backs of the people he was trying to kill.
Terry Flanagan of the GMB branded firms who use the bogus self-employment tactic as "parasites who live off the backs of their workers and exploit them viciously".
NO AB, Newcastle, you are not the only one fed-up with scroungers who won't work and are content to live off the backs of workers.
We have become a nation filled with violence, drugs, scroungers and people who live off the backs of hard-working taxpayers.
Also, why are the agencies shy of approaching these work-shy lout who live off the backs of the rest of us who pay our taxes.
I told him I could not live off the backs of the workers and that I wanted to create a union to protect the rights of the weakest.
I would make a plea to the Government not to burden us with a large bureaucracy which has to live off the backs of the slaughter industry," he said.
We still pay taxes, unlike the lazy parasites who don't and will not work but live off the backs of genuine workers.