suck up

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suck up

1. verb To draw something upward or into something through the use of suction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "suck" and "up." A vacuum cleaner uses an air pump to expel air out from the rear, and it's this low internal air pressure that allows it to suck up dirt and small objects. Just suck the rest of the soda up through the straw.
2. verb By extension, to gather, collect, or draw in a great amount of people or things, especially very quickly, eagerly, or zealously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "suck" and "up." We'll need to suck up as many talented people as we can to get this project off to a good start. The giant company has been sucking up all our business ever since it opened last fall. She spends her nights in the library, sucking as much information up as she can.
3. verb, slang To habitually offer flattery in the hope of gaining favor; to behave sycophantically. Stop sucking up to try to get an A. Just study like everyone else.
4. noun, slang A person who habitually offers flattery in the hope of gaining favor; a sycophant. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. Billy is always complimenting the teacher on her hair. What a suck-up.
See also: suck, up

suck something up

to pick something up by suction, as with a vacuum cleaner, or through a straw. Will this vacuum suck all this dirt up? The vacuum cleaner sucked up all the dirt.
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suck up

v.
1. To draw or pull something in by or as if by suction: I sucked up the soda through a straw. There was a lot of dirt on the floor, but the vacuum cleaner sucked it up quickly.
2. Slang To suppress some pain or emotion: I thought that job was beneath me, but I really needed the money, so I sucked up my pride and accepted it. I know the pain you're feeling is intense, but you have to suck it up until we get to the hospital!
3. Slang suck up to To behave obsequiously; fawn: I was unable to ask any good questions in class without my peers saying that I was sucking up to the teacher.
See also: suck, up

suck something up

verb
See suck
See also: something, suck, up
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Products include Super Sweet Spray Candy, Sour Blast Spray Candy, Melted Ice Cream Spray Candy, Xtra Sour Goo Candy, Sweet Suck Ups Liquid Candy, Sour Suck Ups Liquid Candy, Real Fruit & Honey Dream Chews and Sour Wave Juice Drink.
The Too Tarts SmartChoice nationally distributed product lineup includes Super Sweet and Sour Blast Liquid Spray Candy, Xtra Sour Goo, Sweet and Sour Suck Ups, and SourWave Fruit Juice Drink.
The new line is called Too Tarts Smart Choice and currently features five products: Suck Ups, Suck Ups Sour, Xtra Good Candy Swaps, Super Sweet Spray Candy and Sour Blast Spray Candy.
Another thing that stayed the same was the unique product formats--the Too Tarts SmartChoice line includes spray candy and liquid candies called Suck Ups that are consumed from a canister capped with a baby bottle nipple.