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Definition of suck verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    suck

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sʌk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suck
    BrE BrE//sʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sʌk//
     
    he / she / it sucks
    BrE BrE//sʌks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sʌks//
     
    past simple sucked
    BrE BrE//sʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sʌkt//
     
    past participle sucked
    BrE BrE//sʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sʌkt//
     
    -ing form sucking
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌkɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody/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 CD sucks. compare rock
  6. Word Origin Old English sūcan (verb), from an Indo-European imitative root; related to soak.Extra examples He sucked at the wound on his hand. She sucked away on her thumb. The baby sucked on her bottle. The machine sucks up mud and stones from the bottom of the pond. He sucked a mint. He was sucking the juice from an orange. The baby sucked at its mother’s breast.Idioms
    milk/suck somebody/something dry
     
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    to get from somebody/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.
    (British English, informal) used to say that the only way to know if something is suitable is to try it (North American English, informal) to accept something bad and deal with it well, controlling your emotions
    teach your grandmother to suck eggs
     
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    (British English, informal) to tell or show somebody how to do something that they can already do well, and probably better than you can
    Phrasal Verbssuck somebody insuck up (to somebody)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: suck