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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

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 also touched on the economic climate in Europe, starting with the impact of Greece.
The court was told that another vehicle had followed Mr Leech in, and a gunman got out.
Speaking candidly, Ms Leech explained that the sale simply came down to family circumstances, highlighting the practice as a strong independent with plenty of growth potential.
I don't think another death on our hands is what we need,'' Leech said, mimicking Fellowes -- who, despite asking, has yet to hear the canny impression.
Leech expert Mark Siddal, at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, said: "Daniela could have picked up this leech from swimming in Vietnam.
Then all of a sudden, after about half an "Then all of a sudden, after about half an hour, the pain stopped and the doctor had the hour, the pain stopped and the doctor had the leech in the tweezers.
Leech did the same on two further occasions before shaking the baby's head from side to side three or four times.
The family then decided to go for leech therapy, and within 15 to 20 days, there was 25 percent relief.
The increasingly acrimonious spat led to Councillor Leech being banned by the ruling group from key council activities, including visiting the parish office, sitting on council committees or communicating with the parish clerk.
Mr Leech, who lives in Rowen, succeeds Pam Lonie who led Cartrefi Conwy since it was formed in 2008 until she stepped down in the New Year.
Proper technique is required to remove a leech because its sucker affixes firmly to the mucous membrane.
If copper smelting and zinc refining were also included, value added from the mining sector would have been greater," Leech said.
Kelly Marie Leech, of Coed Aben, Wrexham, was also banned from keeping dogs for three years at Wrexham magistrates court.
The horse leech is also quite common in the garden, in damp, marshy areas and can be found under stones and logs.
Eight years ago, detectives in Australia found a blood-swollen leech at the scene of a robbery they never solved.