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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.
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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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When I'm here I spend a lot of time mooching around the Bullring.
PIGEON FANCIER Simon A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK Ready for dinner STEPS OUT Mooching in Chinatown PARKLIFE Pigeons gather for bite to eat COOL PIGEON A bunch of birds strut their stuff around a South London park
Bass player Simon Rix said: "It's brilliant to be mooching around in Leeds again.
We spotted Kate Moss merrily mooching around London's Notting Hill with Mother Moss, enjoying a rare last moment of sunshine - until Jude Law popped out of nowhere.
Unable to satisfy anyone but the young and infatuated Dawn Schiller (Bosworth), the erstwhile Johnny Wadd had taken to supporting his habit by mooching around such unsavory figures as Palestinian nightclub kingpin Eddie Nash (Eric Bogosian) and the Wonderland party house residents, a bunch of very scary bikers and ex-cons that includes David Lind (McDermott, all hairy and tatted to the point of unrecognizability), the volatile Ron Launius (Lucas) and the rattishly unnerving Billy Deverell (Tim Blake Nelson).
CHRISTMAS is as a great excuse for mooching around the bookshops, on the pretext of looking for books for loved ones.
In between mooching around Oswald Bailey's Army Surplus Emporium, the Hobbies fretwork shop and the roofless Market Hall opposite, we too would find time to marvel at the various amateur "escapologists" writhing amidst the acrid horse droppings which abounded on the cobblestones, whilst tussling, with perceived frenzy at their seemingly unbreakable bonds
But he has spent days mooching unhappily about the house and complaining that he misses her.
But you would think he could put his hand in his pocket like the rest of us poor mortals and pay for his holiday instead of mooching off Sir Cliff in Barbados.
Apparently, the retired homeowner has no problem mooching from strangers who pay taxes.
Barely a day goes by without Bradley mooching around the Square offering some lame excuse about having a day off, or a late start or a vet's appointment for Marge the guinea pig.
But he does wander through the set mooching for affection, looking for the next person to pet him and produce dust clouds from his fur.
Most charter captains here prefer mooching, in which live bait is tossed overboard with a -1/4-ounce to 2-ounce sliding sinker - a maneuver known as fly-lining - to bring the salmon to the boat.
It's good to see the singer out and about - recent reports suggest poor Rob, 30, has been looking rather lonely, mooching around the Conrad Hotel in Chelsea.
The 22-year-old actress was snapped mooching around a chilly Notting Hill in this trampy 80s throwback ensemble set off with a pair of oh-so-swish Ugg boots.