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    What are the meaning of "slope off the public trough" and "suck off the public trough"? Are they similar? like try to gain power (u know politics)??

    The examples:

    1) Rodney comes from a long line of folks slopping off the public trough.

    2) They only foil each other in aggregate and suck off the public trough.

    Thank you.


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    Re: public trough

    Slop is the verb there, to eat or drink sloppily. The second requires gerunds .... "in congregating and sucking off the public trough..." but the meaning is similar.

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