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sponge

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a person who is supported by or seeks support from another without making an adequate return
  • finally told the sponge to move out of their house and to get a job
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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

sponge

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1 to take in (something liquid) through small openings
  • The ground quickly sponged up the much-needed rain.
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2 to live by relying on someone else's generosity or hospitality without sharing in the cost or responsibility
  • She's been sponging off of her friends while she tries to land an entry-level job on Wall Street.
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