One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An insect or other animal that sucks blood, especially a leech or a mosquito.
hanger-on, parasite, leech, passengerView synonyms
- ‘The female mosquitoes become the bloodsuckers, and they use their long proboscis to bite other animals and feed on their blood.’
- ‘He has even called in sponsorship from an insect-repellent manufacturer, providing wipes to keep the area's bloodsuckers at bay.’
- ‘Research has found the safest way to remove the little bloodsuckers is to grip them close to their head using tweezers.’
- ‘In fact, the only interruption to my singing was when I'd slap my arm or thigh or back trying to swat one of the evil bloodsuckers.’
- ‘In the space of an hour, an astonishing 40,000 of the winged bloodsuckers will land on an unprotected arm, potentially giving 11 bites a second.’
- ‘The entomologist said that by the end of 2002, the little bloodsuckers had been reported in at least 28 states.’
- ‘I'd consider armor before I'd give those bloodsuckers additional landing zones.’
- ‘One of the more popular bloodsuckers of our age is the chupacabra.’
- ‘Doctors in the US are warning people to avoid the natural response to squash the insects but instead recommend giving the bloodsuckers a flick.’
- ‘But while most Manitobans curse the tiny bloodsuckers, this play makes them heroes.’
- ‘She was suddenly keenly aware off all the little pricks on her skin, where mosquitoes, the rotten little bloodsuckers, were feasting on her exposed flesh.’
- ‘The company ships about 30,000 of the bloodsuckers a year to doctors who specialize in reattaching severed fingers, ears, and other body parts.’
2A long-tailed arboreal Asian lizard that carries its head in a raised position. Its ability to change color is most marked in the male, whose head and shoulders become bright red when excited.
3informal A person who extorts money or otherwise lives off other people.
parasite, hanger-on, leech, scrounger, passenger, drone, beggarView synonyms
- ‘This is serious business: history has shown that profusions of bloodsuckers will sink great nations.’
- ‘Ironically, the blood is now being sucked out the other way: India's hill stations will soon be sucked dry by a new variety of bloodsuckers.’
- ‘Agents used to be known as bloodsuckers, but he gave bloodsuckers a bad name.’
- ‘While hard-line Communists stereotype capitalists as bloodsuckers of the working class, others defend them as socially conscious.’
- ‘In their view, justice means protecting the interests of the workers against the capitalist bloodsuckers who produce nothing yet reap handsome profits.’
- ‘It is all too clear who benefits most from stirring up this bloodshed: the merchants of war, the bloodsuckers who direct world policy from behind the scenes.’
- ‘Cynics paint such corporate behemoths as bloodsuckers, but I have seen how they can transform the lives of their employees.’
- ‘And taxpayers considered them public bloodsuckers, regretting the days when financiers were put on trial for embezzlement.’
- ‘The board at that place are bloodsuckers, pure and simple.’
- ‘‘There will be no refuge for the terrorists, criminals and bloodsuckers,’ he said.’
- ‘There are greedy bloodsuckers and there are banks.’
- ‘Ah, but… These bloodsuckers prey on the poor, often Native folk: car title loans, payday loans, personal loans up to $500.’
- ‘I quickly went inside gave the bloodsuckers the last few bucks for the game, ignoring a comment I heard some girl make behind me.’
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