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Definition of leak noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a small hole or crack that lets liquid or gas flow in or out of something by accident a leak in the roof a leak in the gas line
  2. 2liquid or gas that escapes through a hole in something a gas leak oil leaks Topic CollocationsDecorating and Home Improvementhouses refurbish/renovate a building/a house convert a building/house/room into homes/offices/ apartments/condominiums/condos extend/enlarge a house/building/room/kitchen build an addition (on/to something)/a sunroom/a deck knock down/demolish a house/home/building/wall knock out/down the wall separating two roomsdecorating furnish/paint/repaint a home/house/apartment/room be decorated in bright colors/in a traditional style/with flowers/with paintings paint/plaster the walls/ceiling hang/put up/strip off/remove (the) wallpaper install/replace/remove the bathroom fixtures build/put up shelves lay wooden flooring/timber decking/floor tiles/a carpet/a patio floor put up/hang/take down a picture/painting/poster/curtainhome improvement do carpentry/the plumbing/the wiring (yourself) make home improvements add/install central heating/underfloor heating/insulation install double-glazing/a smoke alarm insulate your house/your home/the walls/the pipes/the tanks/the attic fix/repair a roof/a leak/a pipe/the plumbing/a leaking faucet block/clog (up)/unblock/unclog a pipe/sink/drain make/drill/fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/remove a nail tighten/loosen/remove a screw saw/cut/treat/stain/varnish/paint wood
  3. 3a deliberate act of giving secret information to the newspapers, etc. a leak to the press about government plans on tax reform There will be an inquiry into the alleged security leaks.
  4. 4(slang) an act of passing urine from the body to have/take a leak
  5. Idioms
    spring a leak
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    (of a boat or container) to develop a hole through which water or another liquid can pass
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: leak

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