lap up

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lap up

1. To ingest something, usually a liquid, by licking. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lap" and "up." Those kittens must have been hungry—they've already lapped up all the milk in the saucer.
2. By extension, to accept something readily or excitedly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lap" and "up." I'm worried about how she just laps up praise from her teachers, as if her self-worth depends on it.
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lap something up

 
1. Lit. [for an animal] to lick something up. The dog lapped the ice cream up off the floor. The dog lapped up the ice cream.
2. Fig. [for someone] to accept or believe something with enthusiasm. Of course, they believed it. They just lapped it up. They lapped up the lies without questioning anything.
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lap up

Take in or receive very eagerly, as in She loves to travel-she just laps it up, or The agency is lapping up whatever information their spies send in. This expression alludes to an animal drinking greedily. [Late 1800s]
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lap up

v.
1. To eat or drink something completely by licking: The kitten lapped up the milk in the saucer. The cat lapped the water up.
2. To receive something eagerly or greedily: The author lapped up the audience's praise. The runner lapped the medals up at the banquet.
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Pixels It sure isn't a family film, given how the juvenile humour and simplistic plot won't appeal to grown-ups but, like I said, youngsters will lap it up.
It sure isn't a family film and the juvenile humour and simplistic plot probably won't appeal to grown-ups but youngsters will lap it up.