- 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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- Class Hirudinea: many species. See also medicinal leech
- 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 majorityMore example sentences
- 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.
verb[no object] (leech on/off) Back to top
- Habitually exploit or rely on: he’s leeching off the abilities of othersMore example sentences
- 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.
like a leech
- Very closely and persistently: you’ve been clinging to me like a leech all these monthsMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English lǣce, lȳce; related to Middle Dutch lake, lieke.
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.