Blood-sucker

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Blood-sucker an animal that sucks blood, esp. a leech: an extortioner, one who sponges upon another
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blód—root blówan, to bloom; cog. with Old. Fris. blód, Ger. blut.

Usage

In literature:

Strange to say, old Ike was fiercely assailed by the little blood-suckers.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
They looked like blood-suckers and egg-suckers.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
The little grey Phyllostoma is the guilty blood-sucker which visits sleepers and bleeds them in the night.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Let us get at the blood-sucker!
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The blood-suckers, again, do not appear to belong to any other country but South America.
"Little Folks" by Various
We ought 'o oust them infernal blood-suckers that's in our court-house, and we want to do it as a grange.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
A vampirism of pale, subterranean blood-suckers!
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 4, June 1906" by Various
He's rung off, the blood-sucker!
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Blood-sucker, name for leech, 281.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
It seemed as if innumerable suckers had fastened to his flesh and were about to drink his blood.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
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In news:

Depps' Dark Shadows vampire is far more traditional than Robert Pattinson's Twilight blood-sucker .
Bed bugs died after feeding on people treated with Merck's Stromectol, a treatment typically used against parasitic worms, in the first study to investigate the drug's potential to control the blood-suckers.
Don't be a sucker (pun fully intended) for those ads plastered around town for a new "synthetic blood nourishment beverage" called TruBlood.
Claudia has two daddies—and both are blood suckers.
These new blood suckers of the poor only see dollars.
There must have been a little blood sucker flying around my house last night and I probably had my foot sticking out the bottom of the covers.
Mattresses, the most common hiding place for these seed-size suckers of human blood, pose little challenge.
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