To suck up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To suck up to draw into the mouth; to draw up by suction or absorption.
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Usage

In literature:

It is cut up in pieces and sold to the people, old and young, who peel it and suck it.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
What a fool I was to let that great indiarubber thing suck it all up!
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
But they could not suck up enough water to quench their terrible thirst.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
The sun seemed to be drawing the land together, sucking up all the sap it contained.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
He wouldn't raise his cup to his lips but went down and sucked up his tea without carrying the cup.
"Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs
A sucking pig is cut up before it is sent to table.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
No, I don't want him coming sucking up to me any more, that's certain!
"The Eagle's Nest" by S. E. Cartwright
They are, so to speak, drunk with Western liquor, and are sucking it up by the hogshead.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Row well up stream before you attempt to cross, so as not to get sucked into the rapids.
"Harper's Round Table, September 10, 1895" by Various
Hopefully, he'll be the last managing editor I'll ever have to suck up to.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
A draft of cooler air, sucking through the rocks, roused him and he looked up to find that the tank was entirely in shadows.
"The Last Straw" by Harold Titus
When he bunted the cow with his head while sucking, her hind part flew up to the crossbeam.
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
My thin blood seemed to suck up the cold until I was benumbed and almost unable to move the wheel.
"The Log of a Sea-Waif" by Frank T. Bullen
By the time the boat was close in, the sun was fairly low and seemed to be sucking up the whole Visaya Sea is shafts of splendor.
"The Locusts' Years" by Mary Helen Fee
Up in the tree Smetse began to eat in a most greedy manner, and suck in the juice of the plums with a great noise.
"Flemish Legends" by Charles de Coster
Then up he flew to suck the juices of the leaves.
"The Sun's Babies" by Edith Howes
He was fighting hard to keep up when he was carried into the vortex and sucked under.
"Down the Columbia" by Lewis R. Freeman
We sat down, and I taught my guests how to suck up the oysters, which swam in their own liquid, and were very good.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
At last a big, hulking fellow, who looked as if he had got fat on sucking-things, rolled up to him.
"Foxholme Hall" by W.H.G. Kingston
You have to suck it up by a reed.
"Callias" by Alfred John Church
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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
Some suck up poison from a sorrow's core,
As naught but nightshade grew upon earth's ground;
Love turned all his to heart's-ease, and the more
Fate tried his bastions, she but forced a door
Leading to sweeter manhood and more sound.
"To H.W.L." by James Russell Lowell
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:

Seriously, the NFL and its players need to suck it up.
Rob Dibble still telling Stephen Strasburg to suck it up.
How To Suck Up To Billionaires.
On his Bad News Hughes blog, Patrick Hughes warned his readers never to use a mini-vacuum cleaner to suck up the contents of an ashtray.
The best suck-up to Martha Raddatz.
The Best Suck-Up to the Moderator: Ryan tried to win over Martha: "You've been there (to Afghanistan) more than the both of us combined.".
Brokers Suck Up to International Investors.
A lab accident sparked the discovery of this blue goo's ability to suck up dirt.
Promising snow, rain, "pellets of ice" (everyone's favorite), and gusts of wind up to 60 mph, this is going to suck majorly.
No, these two " pockets " don't have anything to do with each other, but they're cool apps that we love, so suck it up and read on for the details in our Tuesday, April 17, 2012 edition.
I finally sucked it up (4 months later) and went to the doctor to get it looked at.
Blue Jays have to suck it up and roll the dice like riverboat gamblers.
Servers suck up their fair share of power, and cooling systems often suck up even more to keep the data center climate under control.
A giant underwater dome that could be placed over the leak to suck up the oil.
Sucking Up to the Boss.
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