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MaryamJ
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:41:36 AM
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I have forgotten an idiom that was used for describing a situation where a person does most of the toil while the other reaps fruits from his/her hard work.
RamufAznag
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:03:27 AM

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coasting

And also found this:

John 4:38 (1611 King James Bible)
I sent you to reape that, whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and yee are entred into their labours.

And this: Taking Credit For Others Work Quotes
moniquester
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:10:04 AM

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He's riding someone's coattails?
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:21:44 AM

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Good one moniquester. My dad called it ' seagulling '.
IMcRout
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:43:10 PM
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At 35 he's still sponging off his parents.
LMcL
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:04:40 PM
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He must be an artist, IMc. Poor bastard ... Or just lazy.
Barely literate
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:08:32 PM

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In the absence of an established idiom, why can't we coin one? Like...

"Reaping one's neighbour's harvest"
LMcL
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:14:24 PM
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I think there are plenty of established idioms, salesh, including those already mentioned, but I like yours. There's even the folk story, The Little Red Hen, that address this very concept. Aesop's fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper, also has a similar theme.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:25:27 PM

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Two words I have heard used (not often, but not rarely either) are 'parasite' and 'vampire'.

Another phrase which is sometimes used for the situation (not correctly, but fairly often) is Capitalism.

The workers do the work and the dirty capitalists take the profits. Whistle
LMcL
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:29:52 PM
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Brings to mind Orwell's Animal Farm, Drag0n, especially the word "parasite."
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:43:10 PM

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LMcL
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:40:14 PM
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... that 'stache!
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 2:33:58 AM

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Maybe it was Movember. I can't think of any other extenuating circumstances for that abomination.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 2:41:39 AM
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In Oz anyone who loafs around and doesn't 'pull their own weight' (an idiom for one who doesn't do their fair share) is called a "bludger". I love the word because its very sound brings to mind something not very wholesome.
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