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leach away

1. To become dissolved, eroded, or carried away, by or as by some percolating liquid. Nutrients in the soil have continued leaching away as the groundwater become more acidic. The calcium in the sandstone leached away over time as water levels rose.
2. To dissolve, erode, or carry something away due to percolation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "leach" and "away." Increasingly acidic water has been leaching away important minerals from the land. Over time, the saltwater leached the limestone away all along the coastline.
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leach in

To enter (some substance or material) through percolation. Rising seas have allowed high concentrations of salt to leach in across these coastal farmlands. After the spill, acids and other toxins began leaching in on the cliffsides.
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leach into (something)

To enter into some substance or material through percolation. Rising seas have allowed high concentrations of salt to leach into the soil across these coastal farmlands. After the spill, acids and other toxins began leaching into the cliffsides these birds call home.
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leach out of

1. To become dissolved, eroded, or carried out of, by or as by some percolating liquid. Nutrients have continued leaching out of the soil as the groundwater become more acidic. Calcium leached out of the sandstone over time as water levels continued to rise.
2. To dissolve, erode, or carry something out of due to percolation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "leach" and "out of." Increasingly acidic water has been leaching important minerals out of the land. Over time, the saltwater leached the limestone out of the cliffs along the coastline.
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leach away

[for something] to erode or wash away gradually by leaching. The soft sandstone leached away under the constant rains. The flowerpots sat out in the rain, where all the nutrients in the soil leached away.
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leach in (to something)

[for a substance] to seep or penetrate into something. The salt leached into the soil and ruined it. A tremendous amount of salt leached in.
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leach out of something

[for a substance] to seep or drain out of something. All the nutrients leached out of the soil and nothing would grow. The phosphorus leached out of the soil after a few years.
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leach something away (from something)

 and leach something out (of something); leach something out; leach something away
to remove something from something by leaching. The heavy rains leached nutrients away from the soil. The rains leached away the nutrients.
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Smith felt that the clay and glaze looked very similar to the earthenware used at the Leach Pottery.
Leach managing director Richard Leach said: "Our company may have recently marked its 125th milestone year, but that longevity is a testament to our forwardthinking approach.
Leach devotes a chapter in The Riverton Rifle (a nickname he acquired for his accurate shooting) to his championship season with the Flyers.
That year he was arrested in Phnom Penh and held in custody for 10 hourson suspicion of sexually abusing five youngsters at a run-down orphanage Leach called the Lighthouse.
Leach was also given an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, was banned from working with children for life and will be registered as a sex offender for 10 years.
The firing came one day before Leach would have earned an $800,000 bonus for longevity at Tech.
Leach approached the ideal system on which individual and kin group strategies were based through interpretation of exhaustive statistical information on particular local arrangements.
Ford Europe said earlier this week that Mr Leach had decided to leave the company a month after it reported a shock loss for the second-quarter.
In response, Leach says he's blocked off access to the 1,000-square-foot platform and torn down the steps leading to the overhead walkway.
As Leach points out, the timing couldn't have been much worse.
Ninety in May, Leach has been making pots for 71 years: and he certainly conveys life himself.
Leach, the Catholic publisher best-known for sponsoring Barney, the purple dinosaur, hopes to bring "Francesco" to the United States next year on a national tour.
I certainly had the sense that some private score-settling was going on here, though I can only begin to imagine the fault line between the Architecture and Critical Theory Programme at Nottingham (of which Leach is the director) and those misguided formalists at the Bartlett.
House Banking Committee chairman James Leach (R-Iowa) said it was likely the House will act on a financial services modernization bill early this year.
The Leach bill would authorize the affiliation of banks and securities firms as well as permit banks to have affiliates engaged in most other financial activities.