There are 3 definitions of leech in English:

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Pronunciation: /liːtʃ
 
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noun

1An aquatic or terrestrial annelid worm with suckers at both ends. Many species are bloodsucking parasites, especially of vertebrates, and others are predators.
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  • The rhynchobdellids are strictly aquatic leeches that have small, porelike mouths in the oral sucker.
  • While at rest, the medicinal leech lies under large objects on the shoreline, partially out of water.
  • It's a bit of a shame, especially as the leeches used for therapy sessions aren't your average leeches.
2A person who extorts profit from or sponges on others: they are leeches feeding off the hard-working majority
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  • These adversaries were leeches, cowards who feed on the weak and helpless.
  • Robby had always known that the business was filled with leeches and liars - confused, timid men and women whose only chance of achieving success was to latch onto someone who had been deemed successful by others.
Synonyms
parasite, clinger, barnacle, bloodsucker, cadger, passenger, layabout; extortioner; sycophant, toady, hanger-on, fawner, yes man
North American informal mooch, moocher

verb

[no object] (leech on/off) Back to top  
Habitually exploit or rely on: he’s leeching off the abilities of others
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  • Those people who operate these servers… are parasites leeching off the creativity of others.
  • The main limitation I see is that society would not work if everyone leeched off it in this way.
  • If you want to leech off someone's Wi-fi to download the update, drive by my house and leech off mine.

Origin

Old English lǣce, lȳce; related to Middle Dutch lake, lieke.

Phrases

like a leech

Very closely and persistently: you’ve been clinging to me like a leech all these months
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  • She's barely come to when she's on him like a leech, but Laz will have none of that.
  • She likes being picked up, but tends to cling like a leech - both arms tight around your neck.

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There are 3 definitions of leech in English:

leech2

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noun

archaic
A doctor or healer.

Origin

Old English lǣce, of Germanic origin.

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There are 3 definitions of leech in English:

leech3

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noun

Sailing
The after or leeward edge of a fore-and-aft sail, the leeward edge of a spinnaker, or a vertical edge of a square sail.

Origin

late 15th century: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish lik, Danish lig, denoting a rope sewn round the edge of a sail to stop the canvas tearing.

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