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any animal that sucks blood, especially a leech.
an extortioner or usurer.
sponger (def 2).
Contemporary Examples

The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters Alex Belth August 1, 2014
In Defense of the British Worker Peter Hoskin July 13, 2011

Historical Examples

The Legend of Ulenspiegel, Vol. II (of 2) Charles de Coster
The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes Israel Zangwill
Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Expositor’s Bible: The Book of Proverbs R. F. Horton

an animal that sucks blood, esp a leech or mosquito
a person or thing that preys upon another person, esp by extorting money


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