like a leech

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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.
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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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HealthDay News | NYT Syndicate CREEPY crawlers like leeches, maggots, snakes and ticks might make you squeal in fear or disgust, but they could save your life.
Left to pay out of pocket at clinics or commercial drugstores, patients gravitate towards cheaper options, like leeches.
It may turn your stomach, but up-to-date doctors across the nation are taking a new look at the healing power of "folk" remedies like leeches and maggots (caterpillar-like fly larvae).