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soak up

1. To absorb or gather moisture or liquid. A noun or pronoun can be used between "soak" and "up." Use a paper towel to soak excess fat up after you cook the sausages. The paramedic applied a second bandage to help soak up the blood.
2. By extension, to absorb or take in all or as much of something as possible. A noun or pronoun can be used between "soak" and "up." I can't wait to be on the beach soaking up the sun! She was captivated by the class, soaking up the teacher's every word. I always try to soak his advice up whenever he offers it.
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soak something up

 
1. Lit. to gather up moisture or a liquid, using an absorbent cloth, paper, etc. Alice soaked the spill up with a sponge. she soaked up the spilled milk.
2. Lit. [for cloth, paper, or other absorbent material] to absorb moisture or a liquid. Please get some paper towels to soak the spill up. The sponge soaked up the orange juice.
3. Fig. to learn or absorb some information; to learn much information. I can't soak information up as fast as I used to be able to. The tourists will soak up anything you tell them.
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soak up

1. Absorb, take in, as in I lay there, soaking up the sun, or She often went to hear poets read their work, soaking up every word. This usage, alluding to absorbing a liquid, dates from the mid-1500s.
2. Drink to excess, as in She can really soak up her beer.
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soak up

v.
1. To absorb something, such as a liquid, through or as if through pores: The towel under the sink soaks the leaking water up. The quilt used to hang in the barn, and I'm afraid it soaked up some of the smell.
2. To take in or accept something mentally, especially eagerly and easily: I soaked up the atmosphere as I wandered its streets. The student soaked up everything the teacher said.
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Because the granules are porous, they soak up plastic resin and bond well to it.
Make it a point to walk outside and soak up what little sun there is.
Even though the 56 funds tracking the S&P 500 soak up $59 billion of the $169 billion invested in index funds, there's a great deal of variety out on the market, covering everything from foreign stock markets to bonds.
My clothes and hair would soak up so much "atmosphere" they would take several days of airing and shampooing to cleanse.
Apply a little moisturiser on dry spots that soak up fake tan and turn orange: knuckles, elbows, backs of ankles and knees.
He stood bolt upright in the visitors' dug-out to soak up the strains of You'll Never Walk Alone before kick-off.
A car park next to council offices on Campbell Park Road was last night sectioned off as officers continued their clean-up operation, using zinc and sawdust to soak up the chemical.
Mike Rogers, managing director for small business at Barclays, says: ``What we may be seeing is a sponge effect, where people soak up all a company has to offer in terms of training, experience and contacts, before turning it to their own use in a new business.