sponging

present participle of sponge
1
as in drinking
to take in (something liquid) through small openings the ground quickly sponged up the much-needed rain

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2
as in begging
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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“Sponging.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sponging. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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