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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.
See also: away, leach

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.
See also: leach, of, out
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.
See also: leach, of, out

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.
See also: away, leach
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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