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sponging

verb
present participle of 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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“Sponging.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sponging. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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