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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 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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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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Pashinyan's first priority is to stop the corruption that has been leaching away the creative and entrepreneurial spirit for which Armenians are often known.
Susan Turner, Surrey: Our soil is light, so we don't dig until spring but we sow green manure to stop the goodness leaching away.
The name conjures up an image of fluidity; but could as well suggest stagnation; or the leaching away of what is held to be precious by those most in need of it.
i find petals leaching away in the back parking lot,
There did not seem to be any call for the impact material (written for consultants on behalf of the developers and thus biased in their favour) to itemise which supermarkets, already built, with their inevitable leaching away of trade from the town, had been factored into their calculations, even though there is a clear planning policy statement that "cumulative effect" should be considered.
Clay soils often have a higher CEC because negatively charged clay particles hold on to positively charged ions of calcium, magnesium, potassium and nitrogen, and keep them from leaching away. Soils high in organic matter also have a higher CEC.
Instead, millions of pounds, with the potential of helping boost the North East economy, is leaching away to other areas of the country.
Nick Clegg's lack of clarity during the campaign also led to a leaching away of votes and has led to a process which appears to have put party advantage to the fore.
This plan has been approved by the Government." Peter Middleman, an official of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: "The FSS continues to play a pivotal role in our criminal justice system but there can be no doubt that the Home Office have undermined its ability to perform to its full potential by actively encouraging profiteers in a sector that should be about the public interest." General secretary Mark Serwotka added: "The obsession with the market has led to tens of millions of pounds worth of work leaching away from the FSS, which was formerly a world leader in forensics and crime detection, to a small number of competitors whose sole purpose is profit rather than the needs of the public or victims of crime.
Ideals of steady improvement give way to the phenomenon seen on the ground, where an iconic prototype, bold in all its parts, degenerates into pale copies, a leaching away of detail and intent.
Cover manure piles with a tarp or roof to prevent rain from leaching away nutrients and micro-organisms.
He added: "My fear is that if we do not move soon to elections, the alternative will be more stalemate and the steady leaching away of optimism."
The erosion of its soft stone, held together by mortar which is turning to sand and leaching away, make the building resemble a sandcastle facing the tide.
But Thomas Eagan, first VP of research for UBS Warburg, said that the leaching away of cable subscribers by direct-broadcast-satellite distribs is making financial analysts nervous.
They work fine (and are easiest to turn) as heaps on open ground; cover them in rainy weather to keep nutrients from leaching away.