soak up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v soak up devote (oneself) fully to "He immersed himself into his studies"
    • v soak up take in, also metaphorically "The sponge absorbs water well","She drew strength from the minister's words"
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Usage

In literature:

Add as much distilled water as the crumbs will soak up, but not enough to cover the bread.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Freedom rose up once more from the blood-soaked soil of Flanders, and gave back, yet again, a challenge to the hordes of Tyranny.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
He looked around, soaking up impressions.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
I also turned up my coat-collar, and pulled my hat well down upon my head; but I soon saw that a good soaking was in store for me.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
Even so, when Simon got across he was soaked up to his waist.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
When sufficiently soaked, beat up six eggs, whites and yolks, and mix with the bread.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
He held up the now-soaked notebook for Ashton to see the last penciled elevation on the wet paper.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The bottom of the ditch was wet, and he crawled up the embankment with mud-soaked knees, and sat on the shoulder again.
"The Hoofer" by Walter M. Miller
He held up his blood-soaked fingers.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Yes, and then you come up, and you said to me: 'Soak him another one!
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
After wiping them a few more times your handkerchief becomes soaking wet, and you hang it up to dry.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
I ked let that down, soak it, an' pull it up agin.
"Our Young Folks--Vol. I, No. II, February 1865" by Various
He was probably giving me time to soak that up.
"The Very Black" by Dean Evans
Carelessness at this stage makes buckskin soak up water like a sponge and dry to a shapeless board.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
What's up now that he is soaking the whole crowd for this scrap?
"A Boy Knight" by Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
He stayed where he was for a moment with his face buried in his crossed over arms, soaking up the soothing warmth on his back.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Tenderly they lifted him up, cradling the blond, blood-soaked thatch in their arms, and bore him back to the city.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
How long would it take them to soak up the alcohol?
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
It is on the edge of the river, being soaked in the water to make it swell up.
"Just So Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
The earth has soaked up quantities of the water that fell.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
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In poetry:

"Who knocks? I won't get up. I will not open
The spray-soaked door of this old hut. How chill
And how uneasy are the nights of autumn!
And yet its dawns are more uneasy still."
"The Fisherwoman" by Ivan Bunin
They kept up their fires all the long night,
Which made the encampment appear weird-like to the sight;
While the men were completely soaked with the rain,
But the brave heroes disdained to complain.
"The Battle of El-Teb" by William Topaz McGonagall
The brave heroes were glad when daylight did appear,
And when the reveille was sounded, they gave a hearty cheer
And their fires were piled up higher again,
Then they tried to dry their clothes that were soaked with the rain.
"The Battle of El-Teb" by William Topaz McGonagall
Now it bursts. Now it has been announced.
Now it is being soaked up by newspapers.
Now it is running through the streets.
The crowd has it. The woman selling carnations
And the man in the straw hat stand with it in their shoes.
"The Assassination" by Donald Justice

In news:

Notre Dame men's basketball: Talented Biedscheid soaking up instruction .
Having played the role on the West End in London, the 22-year-old British singer-actress is soaking up her first taste of American stardom.
Soak up a post-Halloween hangover at IHOP.
(see more from the AT's Fall 2013 Wedding & Events Collection ) Hope your weekend is full of sunshine (soak it up.
As I sat waiting for my husband to arrive for our lunch date, I had a great opportunity to soak up the quaint surroundings of this little place (eight tables and three stools).
Soak up those diamonds NeNe .
Stroll and soak up the sun.
Colorado's lovely Indian summers stretch way into the fall, ensuring there are still plenty of rays to soak up.
Patsy is a very loving dog that enjoys walks, treats and soaking up the sunshine.
George Daley and his sons Trystan and Elliot at Minneapolis St Paul International Airport soaking up each other's attention after he returned from Afghanistan.
There's no better way to embrace the last weeks of summer than to soak up the sun at an end-of-season picnic .
I didn't want to be soaked by the rushing waves and end up buried in the sand.
Taking a break from the unrelenting heat, Atlanta-based rockers Ponderosa soak up the air-conditioning while rocking out in the Magnolia Avenue studios.
The Brazilian supermodel was spotted soaking up the Florida sunshine as she gets ready to welcome her second child with NFL star hubby Tom Brady into the world.
RKC Instrument has released its PF900 ramp soak ¼ DIN process controller, which stores up to 1024 segments (99 patterns with 10 segments, to 10 segments of up to 99 patterns).
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In science:

Tuatara has a ‘third eye’; its main role is to soak up ultraviolet rays in the first few months of life.
Natural Halting Probabilities, Partial Randomness, and Zeta Functions
The situation may be ameliorated by extending fourth generation models to either suppress Higgs production, or soak up the Higgs branching fraction , however apparently excluded regions of standard fourth generation parameter may be shown viable without the addition of extra fields.
Higgs Search Constraints on Fourth Generation Scenarios with General Lepton Sectors
We know that photons can easily leak out of Hii regions, but most will get soaked up somewhere in the galaxy so the global SFR should take them into account anyway.
Panel discussion I: Star formation in galaxies: how do we continue?
Here simple R charge counting shows that such superpotential is possible due to the additional singlet Y to soak up the additional fermion zero modes.
Evidence for Aharony duality for orthogonal gauge groups
This removes the effect of unphysical modes and means that we need not add oscillatory fitting functions whose sole role is to soak up the statistical fluctuations on amplitudes known to be zero.
Improved Langevin Methods for Spin Systems
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