I am looking for a word or phrase for the following: friends who contact you only when they need something or assistance

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  • Can you give an example of when you would use this term? Perhaps a sentence with a blank in it? – jejorda2 Feb 16 '16 at 2:05
  • Drinking buddies – Stu W Feb 16 '16 at 2:24

I thought exploiter was an interesting idea. So I looked at Webster's unabridged dictionary and came up with the following synonyms:

Sponge, leech, gold digger, and bloodsucker.

However I think I like sponge the best because of the ability to switch between noun and verb form so nicely.


Such people are commonly called moochers, opportunists and parasites.

The term fair-weather friends might work as well, though I don't think a fair-weather friend is necessarily a parasite. The term can describe people who simple don't want to be with you when the chips are down.


If you're okay with the colloquial, I'd go with


Let me know if that works for him.

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