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Suck up   /sək əp/   Listen
Suck up

Take in, also metaphorically.  Synonyms: absorb, draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, take in, take up.  "She drew strength from the minister's words"
Ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior.  Synonyms: cotton up, cozy up, play up, shine up, sidle up.
Try to gain favor by cringing or flattering.  Synonyms: bootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, toady, truckle.

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"Suck up" Quotes from Famous Books

... vein (portal vein—Fig. 1), which comes from the alimentary canal. The way the ancients looked at this matter was, that the food, after being received into the alimentary canal, was then taken up by the branches of this great vein, which are called the 'vena portae', just as the roots of a plant suck up nourishment from the soil in which it lives; that then it was carried to the liver, there to be what was called "concocted," which was their phrase for its conversion into substances more fitted for nutrition than previously existed in it. ...
— William Harvey And The Discovery Of The Circulation Of The Blood • Thomas H. Huxley

Words linked to "Suck up" :   court favor, ingratiate, truckle, mop, sponge up, wipe up, curry favor, blandish, flatter, mop up, curry favour, blot, court favour

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