sponge off


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sponge (something) off (of) (someone or something)

To beg for, borrow, or obtain something (usually money or food) as a handout from someone or something else. My brother's been sponging money off my parents ever since he dropped out of college. My roommate's nice, but she's always sponging food off of me, and I don't have the heart to tell her to stop.
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sponge off

v.
1. To wipe or clean the surface of someone or something with or as if with a sponge: After dinner, I cleared all the dishes and sponged off the table. The blackboard was very dirty, so the teacher told me to sponge it off.
2. To live by relying on the generosity of someone else: He sponged off his parents for years because they never insisted that he get a job.
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The Tory and Labour coalition will demand a change in the law so that would-be immigrants no longer sponge off the state.
One newspaper has branded Tony "Lo Scroccone", which is apparently a term of contempt reserved for scroungers who sponge off the state.
SEASIDE scientists have discovered a never before seen species of sponge off Britain's North Sea coastline.
The "likes of you" may have to fend for themselves for once if "the likes of us" from Bootle (from Switch Island to the docks) get our way and who would you sponge off then?
Somebody told him I worked with Paul and he said, 'You sponge off him'.
They don't; they come from all over the world to sponge off a country which stupidly gives them benefits, often in excess of what it gives its own citizens.
They would flock here to sponge off the "easy touch" welfare state.
Myth No2 - Immigrants and refugees sponge off the state.
Arrogant Hamza says he has been happy to sponge off an "infidel state", adding: "It's crumbs against what you take from our countries.
Despite these massive resources the unions continue to sponge off the taxpayers to an unprecedented degree and is a legacy of Tony Blair's reign who organised it for personal gain.
You are paying for all of the people who do not work, have never worked, never intend to work and sponge off the system.
However, those who sponge off the state by claiming incapacity b enefit in a fraudulent manner not only create extra expense for the taxpayer, but give genuine claimants a very bad name.
I blame the Government for making it so easy for them to come here and sponge off us.
They can sponge off the State, join drug gangs, run vice rings, or simply turn our cities into foreign ghettoes - and that's OK with Iain.
No, hang on, I mean coming here to sponge off our health service because they're all so unhealthy.