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sponge from (someone or something)

1. To wipe, mop up, or otherwise clean away something from some surface with or as with a sponge. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sponge" and "from." I sat beside her bed, sponging the sweat from her feverish brow. Dad's out back sponging the graffiti from the wall.
2. To obtain something, especially money or food, from another person, group, agency, country, etc., for free or without doing any work. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sponge" and "from" to specify what is being obtained. The minute I had to go on social welfare, I felt like a bum who was sponging from the government. Tom's been sponging money from Mom and Dad for years. I don't know if he's ever held down a job for longer than a month at a time.
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sponge something from someone

to beg or borrow money or food from someone. Gary tried to sponge a few bucks from me. I can't continue sponging food from my relatives.
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sponge something from something

to remove moisture from something, as with a sponge. Liz sponged the sauce from her blouse. We gently sponged the splattered paint from the carpet.
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Measurement of stable isotope ratios from sponge tissues is an elegant tool for assessing the relative contributions made to the sponge from a variety of dietary sources.
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The company bought the rights to the sponge from American Home Products, which owns Whitehall-Robins, the company that produced the Today sponge until January 1995, when it withdrew the product from the market after the water used in the manufacturing process was found to be contaminated with bacteria.