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suck under

To pull or draw someone under the surface of some body of liquid, especially due to the force of a current or low water pressure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "suck" and "under." The tides on these shores have sucked under far too many people, so we don't allow swimming here at all anymore. Contrary to pop culture and popular belief, it is extremely unlikely that quicksand will suck you under to your death. Though he was a very capable swimmer, the waves kept sucking him under and he drowned.
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suck someone or something under

[for a current or waves] to pull someone or something beneath the surface of the water. The strong rip tide almost sucked me under! It almost sucked our boat under.
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References in classic literature ?
Not a sluice gate, or a painted scale upon a post or wall, showing the depth of water, but seemed to hint, like the dreadfully facetious Wolf in bed in Grandmamma's cottage, 'That's to drown YOU in, my dears!' Not a lumbering black barge, with its cracked and blistered side impending over them, but seemed to suck at the river with a thirst for sucking them under. And everything so vaunted the spoiling influences of water--discoloured copper, rotten wood, honey- combed stone, green dank deposit--that the after-consequences of being crushed, sucked under, and drawn down, looked as ugly to the imagination as the main event.