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  1. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take upverb

    take in, also metaphorically

    "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"

  2. cozy up, cotton up, shine up, play up, sidle up, suck upverb

    ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior

    "She is playing up to the chairman"

  3. fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck upverb

    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    "He is always kowtowing to his boss"


  1. suck upverb

    To absorb fluid

  2. suck upverb

    To adulate or flatter somebody excessively, generally to obtain some personal benefit or favour.


  1. suck up

    A suck up is a person who excessively praises, flatters, or compliments someone, usually a person in authority, in order to gain favor or advantages. They often show false admiration and deference with the intent of gaining a personal benefit or advantage. This term is often used in a negative or derogatory manner.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suck up in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suck up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of suck up in a Sentence

  1. Mike Huckabee:

    The decisions are made not just frankly for what's best for Iowa -- that's not the rationale. You can't make a decision and say, 'It's good for Iowa. Gee, they're the caucus state, we better suck up to them.' We better make decisions that are good for every consumer.

  2. David Voepel:

    The problem is hospitals suck up more of that PPE and the bigger contracts will get the PPE, whereas assisted living communities won't get it as much.

  3. Sterling Burnett:

    I thought this was really innovative, if Sterling Burnett wants to buy up these coal mines and coal companies and package coal to power plants with trees to suck up carbon emissions, and this helps save the coal companies, then Sterling Burnett has made a real positive contribution.

  4. Joseph Rickaby:

    A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and keep you from brooding over what displeases you.

  5. Francis Cheung:

    It makes sense for them right now - given how fast the market's gone up - to actually suck up some of the liquidity with the new IPOs, they need to balance. I don't think they want to crash the market.

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    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    A assortment
    B guts
    C troop
    D purse

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