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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

1. To become dissolved, eroded, or carried out (of something), by or as if by some percolating liquid. Nutrients have continued leaching out of the soil as the groundwater become more acidic. As water levels rose above the layers of sandstone, calcium slowly leached out over time.
2. To dissolve, erode, or carry something out (of something else) due to percolation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "leach" and "out." Increasingly acidic water has been leaching important minerals out of the land. He said that, over time, the saltwater would leach out the calcium within the limestone.
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leach out of (something)

1. To become dissolved, eroded, or carried out of some substance, by or as if 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(2) When ammonium chloride was leached, fine soil particles were removed from the large granular soil by chemical exchanges and were transferred into the solution.
As seen in Figure 7(a) the results from leaching at pH 2.0 and pH 4.0 are lower than that of pH 5, pH 6, pH 7.0, and pH 8.0, which highlights the neutralization and buffering of the waste material, lowering the amount of antimony leached (Figure 6).
The cumulative effect of leached nitrate on the quality of groundwater should be evaluated, especially when nitrate is reduced to nitrite.
A laboratory accelerated leaching test was carried out on the treated cubes to determine the amount of copper leached as a percentage of the initial copper retention following protocol E11-97 described in the American Wood-Preservers' Association book of standards (AWPA 2002) with some slights modifications, as described below.
This index has been correlated with [NO.sub.3]-N leached during the non-cropped (fallow) portion of the year (Chichester, 1977; Owens et al., 2000).
The objective of this research project was to determine the amount and concentration of N[O.sub.3.sup.-] leached from a shallow stony soil following the application of urea, DE, and cow urine, and by pasture renovation.
After conditioning, the blocks were leached by first impregnating them with water (to prevent floating) using the same vacuum procedure just described.
All the devices Townsend tested leached lead over this threshold under some conditions.
Very few studies have attempted to measure the amount and composition of N leached from soils following application of liquid effluent to soil.
For copper amine-treated blocks, the greatest leaching resistance was found for copper monoethanolamine and copper polyimine treatments, which retained more than 80 percent copper when leached in water and more than 50 percent when leached with a citrate buffer.
For now, EPA recommends sending retired CCA-treated wood to landfills, where most leached compounds will bind to soil.
"Year after year all these pounds of arsenic come [into Minnesota], and they're either in use, have leached out of the product into the soil and water, or are in a landfill as waste wood.
According to Mike Slattery of the AFS solid waste committee and a project manager for RMT, Inc, a Wisconsin-based environmental consulting firm, "With the current standards, it is possible that one foundry with waste that leached lead at 4.0 mg/l prior to treatment could dispose the waste in a nonhazardous industrial landfill.