- sponge a habitual drunkard
- Punning perhaps on the soaking up of liquid and his willingness to accept free refills, sponging on others. The British sponging-house was not an inn but a temporary prison for debtors, where they might be relieved, or sponged, of their cash and valuables before passing into a long-stay debtors' prison.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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