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Definition of suck verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suck
    he / she / it sucks
    past simple sucked
    -ing form sucking
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  1. 1[transitive] suck something (+ adv./prep.) to take liquid, air, etc. into your mouth by using the muscles of your lips to suck the juice from an orange She was noisily sucking up milk through a straw. He sucked the blood from a cut on his finger.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to keep something in your mouth and pull on it with your lips and tongue suck at/on something The baby sucked at its mother's breast. She sucked on a mint. suck something She sucked a mint. Stop sucking your thumb!
  3. 3[transitive] to take liquid, air, etc. out of something suck something + adv./prep. The pump sucks air out through the valve. suck something + adj. Greenfly can literally suck a plant dry.
  4. 4[transitive] suck somebody/something + adv./prep. to pull someone or something with great force in a particular direction The canoe was sucked down into the whirlpool. The mud had sucked him in up to his waist.
  5. 5something sucks [intransitive] (slang) used to say that something is very bad Their new album sucks. compare rock
  6. Idioms
    milk/suck somebody/something dry
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    to get from someone or something all the money, help, information, etc. they have, usually giving nothing in return By earning millions from racing and giving pennies back, the bookmakers are sucking the sport dry.
    suck it up (informal)
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    to accept something bad and deal with it well, controlling your emotions
    Phrasal Verbssuck somebody insuck up (to somebody)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: suck