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It is well known that there is a leak in the Associated Press Office.

"There seems to be a leak in the plumbing somewhere on this floor," the man went on.

If there is, a leak in the jar, the lamp will burn, and the jar must be discarded.

The next morning they found the leak, and both smacks kept off Charleston.

If the ship springs a leak below the water line, the water rushes in.

In time it began to leak through into our heads that Rajah wa'n't negotiable.

Five; just finished the fif-fifth when the clouds started to leak.

After a time he put water into the pot; the water did not leak out.

He shouted at the top of his voice, "I have found the leak!"

At the same moment the sailors raised the cry, "The ship has sprung a leak!"

WORD ORIGIN

"to let water in or out" [Johnson], late 14c., from Middle Dutch leken "to drip, to leak," or from Old Norse leka, both of them related to Old English leccan "to moisten" (which did not survive into Middle English), all from Proto-Germanic *lek- "deficiency" (cf. Old High German lecchen "to become dry," German lechzen "to be parched with thirst"), from PIE root *leg- "to dribble, trickle." The figurative meaning "come to be known in spite of efforts at concealment" dates from at least 1832; transitive sense first recorded 1859. Related: Leaked; leaking.

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