feed off (of) (someone or something)

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feed off (of) (someone or something)

1. Literally, to use someone or something as a source of sustenance. The kittens still need to feed off of their mother for a few more days.
2. By extension, to use something to one's advantage. These insurance companies are just trying to make money by feeding off our anxieties.
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feed off (of) something

to eat something in particular customarily. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) This creature feeds off fallen fruit. Mosquitoes seem to want to feed off of me!
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feed off

To be nourished, sustained, or fueled by something: The microbes feed off the decaying seaweed. The politicians are feeding off of the public's fear.
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"The interconnectivity of everybody in our region and how we work together and how we feed off of one another and the impact we can make on and with one another is significant," Habib said.
Once these lines get set and funneled in a certain direction, it is harder to develop a core of conservative humorists who feed off of one another."
"When you put our teams in the room together, we both have engineering cultures, so they feed off of one another.
They knew that in order to constitute peace in the Middle East, one must get in the face of both sides, not feed off of one group and disregard the other for sheer political gain.
He owns five commercial properties within nearly a block's radius and agrees with the prevailing idea that the residential and commercial markets synergistically will feed off of one another.
Dollars and policy always feed off of one another in Washington, but rarely has the balance been so heavily tilted to the dollar end of the scale as during the flurry of farm policy activity before Congress departed town for its annual summer recess.