Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a leech or some aspect of one; clinging, parasitic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another

Etymologies

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leech +‎ -like

Examples

  • Instead, I felt an enormous pressure as, by means of its rubbery lips, it affixed itself with leechlike determination, and then there was the slap of its body against my chest, for it had pulled free from my hand.

    The Curse of the Wendigo

  • à ‚  While poaching in the Florida Everglades, Lem Sawyer [George Cisar] fires five shots into a giant leechlike creature, but none of the old boys lolling around in Dave Walkerâ⠂ ¬â „ ¢s [Bruno VeSota] General Store will buy that it was anything other than one too many swigs on Lemâ⠂ ¬â „ ¢s jug of moonshine.

    Planet-x.com.au » Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

  • The main Martian life-forms-the "roving stones" browsing on the mineral deserts, the leechlike predators that hunted them in the desperate battle for existence, the yet fiercer parasites that preyed on them-showed only the dimmest flickers of intelligence.

    Tin

  • Watching Court's smooth unhurrying movements, the splayed limbs leechlike on the rock face, he found himself reliving some of the climbs of his boyhood and making the ascent with them, mentally documenting each stage.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • So I won't actually be gnawing my wrists open to rid the world of my leechlike presence once I finish this review.

    i was never faithful and i was never one to trust

  • Finding somewhat fishy the way aliens and extraterrestrials in sci-fi always seem to speak in perfect (usually British-accented) English, Adams introduced a strange character in his novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- a tiny linguistic deus ex machina in the form of a miraculous fish: "The Babel fish is small, yellow and leechlike, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe," Adams wrote.

    Golden Age of Gobbledygook

  • Surely this neo-imperialist, fascist, leechlike commodity originates from the predatory capitalist vulture nation of America, which is run by the foolish, stupid Bush cabal funded by exploitative Zionist monopoly capital.

    For love and money » Japundit Blog

  • It sucked, leechlike, at Sidroc's boots, trying to pull them off his feet.

    Rulers of the Darkness

  • It was that misguiding, leechlike parasite called hope.

    Sam

  • Clinging leechlike to the rocking sideboard, he struggled to peer over the side.

    A Triumph of Souls

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