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suck up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v suck up try to gain favor by cringing or flattering "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
    • v suck up take in, also metaphorically "The sponge absorbs water well","She drew strength from the minister's words"
    • v suck up ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior "She is playing up to the chairman"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Suck up to draw up into the mouth
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Quotations

  • Anne Sexton
    Anne Sexton
    “The sea is mother-death and she is a mighty female, the one who wins, the one who sucks us all up.”
  • Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson
    “Your chances of getting hit by lightning go up if you stand under a tree, shake your fist at the sky and “Storms suck!"”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. súcan, súgan; Ger. saugen.

Usage

In literature:

Ned shook his head, tried to suck life into his neglected cigar, and gave up the problem in the meanwhile.
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
It digs them up and bites them, showing a keen liking for brains, which it sucks in the same manner as a vampire sucks blood.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
This bat rubs up the skin of his victim, from which he sucks the blood.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
It's got sucked in under the gate and holds it up!
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Suck up rather more than 1 c.c.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Van Busch called his efforts to be ingratiating "sucking up to" the lady.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
They had to lie flat on the ground, and suck up the water.
"Harper's Young People, February 3, 1880" by Various
Then she danced up and down and sucked her fingers.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
But he did not see her: he marched on stiffly; he was already sucked up into this strange life.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
He was now standing up against the fireplace, sucking a lemon.
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
They swallowed up his enemy by the thousand, they engulfed his guns and sucked in his horses.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
The child, still sucking, looked up at him with greedy-sleepy eyes.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
First of all, I would bring up at the market and get a turkey and a sucking-pig.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Taxi-ing down, engines roaring, sucking up snow into steam in the orange afterblast.
"Martyr" by Alan Edward Nourse
So this shows that the melted wax sucked up through the wick is turned into vapor; and the vapor burns.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
Warmed up again, the portions sucked back together again and resumed eating.
"Contamination Crew" by Alan Edward Nourse
Whatever they might suck up would consequently be robbery of the strawberries.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
Jorak curled up there, sucking in air and rubbing his bruised neck.
"Earthsmith" by Milton Lesser
They slowed up the females with their sucking.
"The Test Colony" by Winston Marks
I'm not used to breathing air which has been used up by four million lungs all sucking away on every side of you.
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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In poetry:

I don't yield to you, big, jowl-faced eagle.
Nor you nor your blood-thirsty sun
That sucks up blood
Leaving a nervous people.
"Eagle In New Mexico" by D H Lawrence
Men that dig up a mandrake know dis-ease.
This body is committed to its bones
Down where the taproots of New England trees
Suck bare existence from the broken stones.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The bee that once did suck thee,
And build thy perfumed ambers up his hive,
And swoon in thee for joy, till scarce alive,—-
If passing now,—-would blindly overlook thee.
"A Dead Rose" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Tear up the despot's laurels by the root,
Like mandrakes, shrieking as they quit the soil!
Feed us no more upon the blood-red fruit
That sucks its crimson from the heart of Toil!
"Humboldt’s Birthday" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Charge the converter, workman - Tired from the long night?
But the earth shall suck up darkness - The earth that holds so much…
And out of these molten flowers,
Shall shape the heavy fruit…
"The Song Of Iron" by Lola Ridge
But, at last, slow sinks the writhing spasm,
And, black through the foaming white,
Downward gapes a yawning chasm—
Bottomless, cloven to hell's wide night;
And, sucked up, see the billows roaring
Down through the whirling funnel pouring!
"The Diver" by George MacDonald

In news:

Waterspouts suck up large amounts of water and can range from 30 feet to 5,000 feet.
'Twilight' finale sucks up $141 million in debut weekend.
Nature still sucking up considerable carbon dioxide .
'Twilight' finale sucks up $141M in debut weekend.
A cynic might think Fitzgerald was merely sucking up to a game official, except that Fitzgerald treats so many others the same way.
Blue goo sucks up toxic waste.
A lab accident sparked the discovery of this blue goo 's ability to suck up dirt.
This was the habit at least until the EPA came into being in 1970 when communities began to hire leaf collectors who sucked up the piles and then deposited the material into civic areas, making at least a couple of rounds each fall.
Lighting up, shooting up, sucking up.
Social media sucking up most of our time.
Suck it up (or actually, don't) for just a little longer.
I finally sucked it up (4 months later) and went to the doctor to get it looked at.
Why We Suck at Pull -Ups.
Lost in all the attention sucked up by Lindsay Lohan's probation violation sentencing last week was an incident – from some weeks earlier – involving her mom in a Long Island, N.Y.
I mean the regular refs sucked it up pretty often, so how much worse could these dudes be.
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