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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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When county officials found out last month that the Leaches were making the renovations without permits, they told the Leaches to stop work and to apply for permits.
The Leaches complied, and the county recently reviewed plans for the largest set of bleachers, which the county estimates can hold 1,947 people.
On Monday the county notified the Leaches of numerous deficiencies in the largest set of wooden bleachers.
The Leaches must submit a floor plan for the remodeled concession area.
The county also told the Leaches that they must resolve land-use issues before the county issues building permits.
His research demonstrated that sealants such as acrylic, polyurethane, and spar varnish can reduce the amount of arsenic that leaches by as much as 95%.
Mistakes the Leaches have seen chili cooks make are using top sirloin - it dries out more quickly than chuck or tri-tip - adding too many tomatoes - which makes the chili too sweet - not cutting up vegetables small enough, using too much salt and garlic, or overdoing the cumin - which makes the chili bitter.