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n.1.(Zool.) A large blood-sucking leech (Hæmopsis vorax), of Europe and Northern Africa. It attacks the lips and mouths of horses.
2.A farrier; a veterinary surgeon.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But I tell you this:--when that young fellow's interest is concerned, he holds as tight as a horse-leech. When money is in question with that young fellow, he is a match for the Devil.'
There's my grandfather had his stables full o' horses, and kept a good house, too, and in worse times, by what I can make out; and so might I, if I hadn't four good-for-nothing fellows to hang on me like horse-leeches. I've been too good a father to you all--that's what it is.
"WHAT with a fine for this and a fee for that, the Jockey Club has come to be regarded as the horse-leech's two daughters, whose constant cry was 'Give!