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  • v. To absorb fluid
  • v. To adulate or flatter somebody excessively, generally to obtain some personal benefit or favour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
  • v. ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior
  • v. take in, also metaphorically


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  • Benavides, Lopez and Duarte were either White Fence, 1st Flats or Apaches; the Mexes in the Heights were good people, anxious to suck up right and be good Americans.

    The Big Nowhere

  • Andie Walsh—strong enough to spurn the advances of that smarmy and evil but oh-so-popular James Spader—would never have stooped to suck up to Victoria Gould, or even Ali Gertz.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • Whereupon immediately his chin-bones and teeth swelled up, and his mouth became so swollen that he could not open it; and for three days he could not eat meat or any thing else, except only what he could suck up through his teeth.

    The Life of Blessed Henry Suso by Himself.

  • Juliet was inhaling her lasagna like one of those superpowerful vacuums you see on TV, the ones that can suck up nails.

    The Six Rules of Maybe

  • If you would like a soft girl, I can suck up feathers and cloud-stuff.

    Zombie Lover

  • They cannot shoot out tendrils into bar - ren world-soil and suck up thence strengthening nu - triment.

    "Smoke, Flame and Ashes"

  • Time was these boys all tried to suck up to Hooch Palmer.

    He Don't Know Him

  • All those hoops I had jumped through for himand now, next semester, there was going to be some new headmaster to suck up to.

    Paradise Lost


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