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hoover up something

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. Also phrased as "hoover something 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. 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. 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.
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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!
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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 also: Edgar, hoover
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The authors made extraordinary use of the Hoover Library and for that they are owed our gratitude.
Hoover used the trial period in the twenties to mold the FBI into a machine.
First, according to Gentry, the gangster era allowed Hoover to promote the FBI as the first line of defense for the American way of life itself--claiming a role far grander than auxiliary crime- or fire-fighters.
Hoover took advantage of Roosevelt's relaxed attitudes to create his own FBI rules for public relations and intelligence work, as Gentry details in the seminal case of the Nazi saboteurs.
Internal deceint was a bureaucratic tool that Hoover used to protect his political prerogatives against rivals who were far too hardened to buy his sentimental posturings.
The political Hoover is fighting most often inside the government, against kindred spirits such as House Un-American Activities Committee Chairman Martin Dies.
Gentry cannot address such questions, because the more legitimate aspects of the FBI's work came to interest him as little as they did Hoover.