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1. An animal, such as a leech, that sucks blood.
2. An extortionist or a blackmailer.
3. A person who is intrusively or overly dependent upon another; a parasite.

blood′suck′ing adj.
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Adj.1.bloodsucking - drawing blood from the body of another; "a plague of bloodsucking insects"
bloody - having or covered with or accompanied by blood; "a bloody nose"; "your scarf is all bloody"; "the effects will be violent and probably bloody"; "a bloody fight"
2.bloodsucking - of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another; "a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses"; "parasitic vines that strangle the trees"; "bloodsucking blackmailer"; "his indolent leechlike existence"
dependent - relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed; "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture"
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Of or characteristic of a parasite:
Slang: freeloading.
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References in classic literature ?
At length, however, we reached the shadows of the forest, while right behind us sprang the swiftest of our pursuers--a giant plant man with claws outreaching to fasten his bloodsucking mouths upon us.
While the tax collecting agency is taking effective steps, it must also crackdown against the bloodsucking, corrupt and bribe-taking government officials.
Other factors impacting the grouse include infestations by bloodsucking ticks - the insects, as well as the landed gentry.
A public health expert has warned of an increase in the number of bloodsucking flies with a bite that can leave people with serious side effects.
So spare us any ragsto-riches cap doffing to an avaricious fracker when this smug Brextremist is the unacceptable face of global bloodsucking. Ratcliffe is the council house boy who forgot where he came from.
I've shelled out for the smelly shampoos and the fine-tooth combs and put up with all the wriggling and complaining involved in getting rid of my children's disgusting bloodsucking parasites.
You may know about fleas, vampire bats and leeches, but how about bloodsucking birds, butterflies and snails?
Together with his secret lover - the daughter of vampire king Viktor - Lucian raises an army worthy of taking on their bloodsucking oppressors, beginning a centuries-long conflict.
Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany; Spanish aspects of his work, including his Spanish-language monsters and the figure of the traumatized child and the supernatural in the Spanish civil war films; the relationship between children and the monstrous in The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth, The Orphanage, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Mama, and Mimic, as well as in contrast to Hesiod's Theogony and Frankenstein; his use of insects, particularly bloodsucking bugs, as he adapts traditional European vampire narratives to Latin American contexts, previously explored by Horacio Quiroga; and alternative readings of Pan's Labyrinth in terms of Nietzsche and menstruation.
In Kazakhstan, the study of bloodsucking midges was initiated in the 60s of the 20th century, mostly in the mountainous regions (Tien Shan and south-western Altai) [4].