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a person who is supported by or seeks support from another without making an adequate return
  • whenever the gang went out for pizza, the leech in the group always had an excuse for not paying his fair share

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parasite, sycophant, toady, leech, sponge mean a usually obsequious flatterer or self-seeker. parasite applies to one who clings to a person of wealth, power, or influence or is useless to society. a jet-setter with an entourage of parasites sycophant adds to this a strong suggestion of fawning, flattery, or adulation. a powerful prince surrounded by sycophants toady emphasizes the servility and snobbery of the self-seeker. cultivated leaders of society and became their toady leech stresses persistence in clinging to or bleeding another for one's own advantage. a leech living off his family and friends sponge stresses the parasitic laziness, dependence, and opportunism of the cadger. a shiftless sponge, always looking for a handout

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The first known use of leech was before the 12th century

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“Leech.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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