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.
See also: off, sponge
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Mrs Zamir, who founded the Chadwell Heath Asian Women's Network, which meets at the centre, said: "The Duke said to us 'who do you sponge off?' We're all married so it's our husbands.
One newspaper has branded Tony "Lo Scroccone", which is apparently a term of contempt reserved for scroungers who sponge off the state.
"Who do you sponge off?" The Duke of Edinburgh teases women at a community centre "I do have a voice in the international community, and I would like to use my voice, as humble as it is, to help make the world a better place" Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, who is seeking a meeting with Vladimir Putin "I would tell myself not to get married too early.
From the man who gave us "slitty eyed" Chinese, "potbellied" Hungarians, "drunken" Scots, "lazy" unemployed people "spear-chucking" Aborigines, countless "poofters" and last week told a photographer to "just take the f***ing picture", he now asks East End housewives who they "sponge off".
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.
Just put it on the stain, leave for a few minutes and sponge off. It also works with wine and blood.''
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.
THE Duke of Edinburgh was back to his uncompromising best during a visit to a community centre, asking one group of women - "who do you sponge off?" Philip's comment was taken in good humour by Nusrat Zamir, a trustee of the Chadwell Heath Community Centre, the Queen and Duke's first stop during their tour of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to mark its 50th anniversary.
PRINCE Philip made his second astonishing gaffe in a week yesterday by asking women in one of the poorest UK boroughs: "Who do you sponge off?" The 94-year-old Duke of Edinburgh - caught on camera last Friday telling a photographer to "just take the f***ing picture" - made his latest comment during a tour of a community centre in East London.
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.