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mooch off (of) (someone or something)

To ask for or obtain (something) through the charity of someone or something; to sponge off someone or something else. My brother has been mooching off me and my wife ever since he lost his job. You can't expect to get very far in life just by mooching off of the success of other people.
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mooch about (somewhere)

To waste time or loiter (somewhere); to spend time (somewhere) idly or listlessly. Primarily heard in UK. I got off work a little early, so I'm just going to mooch about in the city centre for a bit before I head home. John's taken to mooching about his flat all day long ever since he lost his job.
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mooch around (somewhere)

To waste time or loiter (somewhere); to spend time (somewhere) idly or listlessly. Primarily heard in UK. I got off work a little early, so I'm just going to mooch around in the city centre for a bit before I head home. John's taken to mooching around his flat all day long ever since he lost his job.
See also: around, mooch

mooch (something) from

To ask for or obtain something through the charity of someone else; to sponge something off someone. I barely had any money while was in college, so I got most of my meals during the day by mooching food from my friends. You'll never learn how to be independent if you're always mooching from your parents.
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mooch (something) from someone

to beg something from someone. Can I mooch a match from you? Go mooch some money from Fred. Why do you always mooch from people?
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mooch

(mutʃ)
1. tv. & in. to beg for money, liquor, or drugs in public places. No mooching around here! Move along!
2. n. a beggar. I don’t want to be a mooch, but could I borrow your lawn mower?
3. n. narcotics. (see also hooch.) He’s gonna have to work hard to get off the mooch.
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Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) danced around in counting sheep blue cotton flannel pyjamas, while Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) mooched at home in her red pyjamas with penguins, in Bridget Jones's Diary.
They clambered down the looping ramps at The Master's woefully maintained Secretariat; sketched the wonderful plastic soffit of the Law Courts ('originally supposed to be shell structures' - Doshi); mooched around Sector 22 with its rather decorative housing blocks from Fry and Drew, Jeanneret and the gentlemanly, present Aditya Prakesh; and were able to engage over endless cups of tea - the experience and intellect of Doshi, Prakash, Alan Colquhoun and the young practitioners of Chandigarh Architects, co-sponsors of the event with Arizona State University.
It started in 1981, when a stray black cat with funny ears mooched a meal from a family in Lakewood, Calif., and moved in.
Grumpy Hugh Grant looked fedup as he mooched along the red carpet at last night's premiere of romantic comedy Music And Lyrics.