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Verb: suck up
  1. Take in, also metaphorically
    "The sponge sucks up water well";
    - absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, draw, take in, take up
  2. Ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behaviour
    "She is sucking up to the chairman";
    - cozy up [N. Amer], cotton up [archaic], play up [informal], cosy up [Brit, Cdn]
  3. [informal] Try to gain favour by cringing or flattering
    "He is always sucking up to his boss";
    - fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick [informal], kowtow, kotow, smoodge [Austral, informal]

Derived forms: sucking up, sucked up, sucks up

Type of: blandish, flatter, ingratiate

Encyclopedia: Suck up, kick down