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

v.
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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"And they have brought a new kind of energy which is great and the likes of myself, Tommy [Walsh], David [Moran] and Killian Young, they're kind of feeding off us.
'Local shares traded higher feeding off US equities ending the session higher after posting a solid set of July jobs data,' said Luis Gerardo Limlingan, managing director at local stock brokerage Regina Capital Development.
"We're sick of people feeding off us and claiming to help us and our zones, when all they're after is money and an MBE.
Yes, I know there is a danger the Scottish game might struggle to survive without the Old Firm but these clubs have been feeding off us for years.