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  • n  carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
  • n  a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  • v  draw blood

  • For nearly 2,000 years leeches have been used in phlebotomy.
  • She could still leech the life out of a large audience with her platitudinous speeches; but at diners, schools and community centers she was able to connect one on one.
  • Among the must-sees: a dog's heart with more holes than a wedge of Swiss cheese (thanks to a bad attack of heartworms); a tortoise's head with leech-ravaged eyelids; and an 8.
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  • Ian Brady in Click Liverpool
    In his letter Brady writes: "I request and expect nothing from the vermin here, except a coffin, and am politically force-fed as they can't leech a living from dead bodies."
  • Kenny MacAskill in Times Online
    Criminals don't contribute to our communities, they leech off them,Kenny MacAskill, the justice secretary, said. "That is why the Scottish government is taking the cash these criminals make off the backs of law-abiding folk and are putting...
  • Demi Moore in Edmonton Journal
    Demi Moore, on David Letterman the other night, explained her youthful appearance this way: "I was in Austria doing a cleanse and part of the treatment was leech therapy ...... we're talking high level blood suckers. They have a little enzyme that...

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