leech

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈliːtʃ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/litʃ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(lēch)


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leech

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. a blood-sucking leech
  2. get these leeches off my [legs, back, shoulder]!
  3. [found, have] a leech on my [leg]
  4. the leech [gripped, clung] onto his back
  5. [boils, infections, symptoms] used to be cured with leeches
  6. cure the [boils] with leeches
  7. use leeches for (fishing) bait
  8. put a leech on the hook
  9. figurative: is always [clinging, stuck] to him like a leech!
  10. figurative: [tends, likes] to cling like a leech
  11. figurative: is a leech feeding off [others, hard-working people, the family]
  12. figurative: are just leeches feeding off the [weak, helpless, defenseless]
  13. figurative: the [company, family, business, party] is full of leeches
  14. leech-ridden [water, parts of the jungle]
v
  1. is [always, constantly] leeching (off)
  2. leech off the [work, efforts, abilities] (of)
  3. leech off the [work] of [others, coworkers, friends]
  4. leech [money, resources, patience, time] (from)
  5. leech (money) off of him
  6. leeched them of their [money]
  7. his [friend, guest, brother] leeched him of his [money]
  8. doctor leeched [the patient, the wound, him]
  9. UK: leech on to [him, the rock, the door]
  10. UK: leeched on to (it) for [dear life, safety]
  11. UK: leeched on to him in [panic, fear, horror]
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