sponge (something) off (of) (someone or something)(redirected from sponge something off)
1. noun One who takes advantage of someone else's generosity, charity, or hospitality in order to obtain something as a handout, typically money or food. It's wonderful that your Grandma let you live with her after you lost your job, but that was two years ago. You need to stop being a sponge and finally move out.
2. noun, slang One who drinks heavily and frequently; a drunkard. That sponge spends more time at the bar than he does with his own family!
3. verb To obtain (something) for free by begging or freeloading. Dude, stop sponging my food and bring your own lunch for once!
4. verb To obtain one's living or subsistence by taking advantage of someone else. You can't just sponge off your parents your whole life, Dennis. You've got to grow up and provide for yourself some day.
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 something off of someone or somethingand sponge something off
to beg or borrow money or food from someone or a group. Please stop sponging food and money off your relatives! Stop sponging off food and money all the time!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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1. in. to drink heavily. She was sponging like there was no tomorrow.
2. n. a drunkard; a tippler. (see also blotter.) She was a spunge, and she wasn’t going to do anything about it.
3. n. a parasitic person. Here comes that sponge, Willy. Hide your wallet, pencils, glasses, and any clothes in his size.
sponge off someone
in. to live off someone; to take advantage of someone by taking food and shelter from them without compensation. Go get a job! Stop sponging off me!
mod. thirsty. I gotta get a drink, man. I’m sponged!
See also: sponge
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