01. Soon after the boat sprang a [leak], it sank to the bottom of the lake.
02. Careful, there might be a [leak] in the canoe.
03. Water was [leaking] through the roof, so we had to get it repaired.
04. The roof of our house [leaks] every time it rains.
05. Your car is [leaking] oil; you'd better get it looked at.
06. The house is generally in good shape, apart from the [leaky] roof.
07. [Leakage] from the sewer pipes of some of the older private homes is responsible for a lot of the pollution on our beaches.
08. Benjamin Franklin once warned that you should be careful of small expenses because even a small [leak] can sink a great ship.
09. A [leaking] toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water a day.
10. Household batteries can [leak] mercury, which can cause mental retardation, and cadmium, which can cause cancer.
11. Natural gas has no smell; the odor is artificially added so that people will be able to identify [leaks], and take measures to stop them.
12. Every year, a million tons of oil are spilled, [leaked], or deliberately dumped into the sea.
13. The Prime Minister expressed concerned after details of the upcoming budget were [leaked] to the press by someone working in the Department of Finance.
14. A Chinese proverb notes that when the boat reaches mid-stream, it is too late to stop the [leak].
15. In 1995, 12 people were killed, and more than 5,500 others sickened when terrorists let [leak] packages containing poisonous gas on five Tokyo subway trains.
16. In 1989, the oil freighter Exxon Valdez [leaked] 35,000 tons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska.
17. In December of 1984, a gas [leak] at a pesticide plant near Bhopal, India, killed 3,000 people.
18. In the United States, more than 20% of the underground gasoline and oil tanks have reported [leaks], which pose a serious threat to our environment.
19. An emergency crew was called in to repair a [leak] in the gas main.

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