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slang To vacuum. An allusion to the Hoover brand of vacuums, though used generically. We'd better hoover the house before our guests arrive. Sorry, I was hoovering and didn't hear the phone ring.
1. Literally, to use a vacuum cleaner on something; to suck up something using a vacuum cleaner. An allusion to the Hoover brand of vacuums, though used generically. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hoover" and "up." Primarily heard in UK. We'd better hoover up the house before our guests arrive. I need to hoover this glass up or someone might get hurt!
2. To eat or drink something with great speed and voracity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hoover" and "up." Primarily heard in UK. I'm so hungry, I'm going to hoover up everything I can lay my hands on at the restaurant! I've never seen anyone hoover vegetables up the way you do.
3. To absorb or consume something with great enthusiasm, intensity, or eagerness. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hoover" and "up." Primarily heard in UK. The teacher was brilliant at finding ways to encourage her students to hoover their studies up. My son hoovers any new technological gadget up.
slang The police. (J. Edgar Hoover was director of the FBI in the early 20th century). Primarily heard in US. Our community gets nothing but harassment from J. Edgar in this city.
See also: Edgar
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tv. to perform oral sex on the penis. (see also a hoovering.) She hoovered him twice and then left.
1. n. an abortion. (From the suction used, referring to the vacuum cleaner.) She said she thought a hoovering would make things right.
2. n. an act of sucking up to someone. (see also suck up to someone.) More of your hoovering! You are a sycophantic pain in the butt!
See also: hoover
J. Edgar (Hoover)(ˈdʒe ˈɛdgɚ (ˈhuvɚ))
n. the police; federal officers. (Underworld.) Max got out of town when he heard that the J. Edgars were on his tail.
See J. Edgar Hoover
See also: Edgar
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