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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!
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 also: Edgar, hoover
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David Hamilton's "War on a Thousand Fronts: Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression," Alfred Castle's "Herbert Hoover and the Elusive Quest for Peace," and David A.
In "The Loyal Opposition: Herbert Hoover and the Republican Party," Gary Best portrays Hoover as a "Lion in Winter.
The authors made extraordinary use of the Hoover Library and for that they are owed our gratitude.
Hoover will remain arguably the most challenging and significant subject of American political biography of the twentieth century.
The Powers biography is grounded in personal descriptions of young Hoover the Sunday school teacher, vaulting his way into the starchiest Presbyterian preserves, whereas Gentry introduces a more generic Victorian bureaucrat.
And yet, when Congress disgraced Palmer for his unconstitutional excesses, Hoover adroitly switched.