sponge\ off

sponge\ off
• sponge on
• sponge off
v. phr.
To exploit parasitically; depend upon for support.

He is already forty years old, but he refuses to go to work and sponges off his retired parents.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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