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sponge off

v.
1. To wipe or clean the surface of someone or something with or as if with a sponge: After dinner, I cleared all the dishes and sponged off the table. The blackboard was very dirty, so the teacher told me to sponge it off.
2. To live by relying on the generosity of someone else: He sponged off his parents for years because they never insisted that he get a job.
See also: off, sponge
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Just put it on the stain, leave for a few minutes and sponge off.
It's easier to sponge off the rest of society, rather make the effort to earn a living for themselves.
No, hang on, I mean coming here to sponge off our health service because they're all so unhealthy.
These were written as parodies of working-class Britain but taken seriously by the nation who did indeed echo Alf's beliefs that "bloody foreigners come over here to sponge off us", homosexuals are all "poofs", and women's lib "a load of b***".
Somebody told him I worked with Paul and he said, 'You sponge off him'.
You are paying for all of the people who do not work, have never worked, never intend to work and sponge off the system.
They would flock here to sponge off the "easy touch" welfare state.
The Tory and Labour coalition will demand a change in the law so that would-be immigrants no longer sponge off the state.
Why have British lives been lost freeing these peoples countries, only for them to come to our shores and sponge off the British people.
Growing beside this largesse has been the notion of entitlement, that ingrained belief that even those who have contributed nothing to national coffers are entitled to sponge off the rest of us.
However, those who sponge off the state by claiming incapacity b enefit in a fraudulent manner not only create extra expense for the taxpayer, but give genuine claimants a very bad name.
I blame the Government for making it so easy for them to come here and sponge off us.
Arrogant Hamza says he has been happy to sponge off an "infidel state", adding: "It's crumbs against what you take from our countries.
Watching the debauchery is Apemantus, the only one who refuses to sponge off Timon's generosity, played in show-stealing style by Richard McCabe.
Then sponge off with cold water until the stain disappears completely.