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leech

1. noun A person who preys or overly depends upon another, or who clings to another in an parasitic manner. Her younger brother is a bit of a leech, always hanging around us and asking for money.
2. verb To cling to or overly depend upon another person in a parasitic manner, like a leech. She's always leeching off the work other people do in the office.

like a leech

In or having a parasitic, clinging manner or demeanor. Her younger brother is like a leech, always hanging around us and asking for money.
See also: leech, like

like a leech

persistently or clingingly present.
This idiom refers to the way in which a leech attaches itself by suction to the person or animal from which it is drawing blood: the parasites are very difficult to remove once they are attached to the skin and feeding.
See also: leech, like
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Leech, of Christine Ledger Square, Leamington, was given an 18-month community order with a rehabilitation activity for 40 days.
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Vehicle enthusiast Robert Leech, 46, was the victim of a freak accident involving his black Land Rover Discovery 3, which dragged him down his sloping drive after he accidentally disengaged its braking system.
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