a daughter of the horse-leech

a daughter of the horse-leech
ненасытная вымогательница, кровопийца [этим. библ. Proverbs XXX, 15]

He said it with a little bow, and a face that would have taken the heart to ask favours out of the daughters of the horse-leech. (E. L. Voynich, ‘The Gadfly’, part III, ch. III) — Легкий поклон, сопровождавший эти слова, и выражение лица, с которым они были сказаны, отбили бы у всякого охоту просить одолжения, даже если бы просящий обладал назойливостью библейской вымогательницы.


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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