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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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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.


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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Herbert Hoover: A Life provides a warning about the malign effects of slander and libel in the nation's political affairs.
The next day, FDR explained to Hull and Hoover that he wanted a "survey" of Communist and Fascist activity in the country.
"Bertie," as the blacksmiths son was known, was born in 1874, in a 350-person Iowa outpost called West Branch, making Hoover the first president born west of the Mississippi.
Born in 1874 to a blacksmith and his wife in the Quaker community of West Branch, Iowa, Hoover was six when his father died and nine when his mother died.
Currently, Hoover serves as chief executive officer of PARC, a Xerox company.
Hoover will join the executive team at Cathay Industries and continue in his role as president of the Hoover Color newly formed division of Cathay Industries.
The Hoover Wizard system was being demonstrated to visitors at the recent Grand Designs Live show at Birmingham's NEC, including the early warning function, for example letting you know if you have left the dishwasher or fridge door open.
The partnership of Hoover and Tech Oil will allow us to provide a more complete product and service offering to our customers Worldwide.
After the surgery, Hoover suffered from "paralysis, primarily on the left, including no quadriceps function, numbness, significantly increased pain," the lawsuit said.
Clements's The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928 explores the years immediately before and during Hoover's service in the cabinet for Presidents Harding and Calvin Coolidge.
This work presents President Herbert Hoover's memoir, The Crusade Years, his self-described 'crusade against collectivism' in the wake of the New Deal.
At the southern terminus, Hoover owns and operates Perry Ranch Station where storage facilities receive crude oil from Plains' truck facilities, a producer-owned pipeline system and Hoover-owned gathering laterals.
The critics of laissez faire are right about one thing: Herbert Hoover deserves a good deal of blame for turning what most likely would have been a steep-but short--recession into a much deeper and eventually much longer Great Depression.
Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio), recently graduated from George Washington University's law school and working for Palmer's Department of Justice.