Thursday, August 21, 2014

leach/leech: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, August 21, 2014

Water leaches chemicals out of soil or color out of cloth; your brother-in-law leeches off the family by constantly borrowing money to pay his gambling debts (he behaves like a bloodsucking leech).

1 comment:

  1. ...omitting the other meaning of "leech": the free, trailing edge of a sail from which the wind flows.