suck up v.
1. (also suck up to) to curry favour (with), to be obsequious (to), to grovel shamelessly (to) in return for favours, esteem etc; thus sucking up n.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) 315: suck up ‘to suck up to a person,’ to insinuate oneself into his good graces.|
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|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 57: That little swine Manders miner must have shown him your stuff. He’s always suckin’ up to King.‘Slaves of the Lamp — Part I’ in|
|Magnet 15 Feb. 6: What are you sucking up to the new kid for, Nugent?|
|Harrovians 192: A boy is always an uncertain quality. He does not mind being ‘sucked up to’.|
|Ulysses 292: Round he goes to Bob Doran that was standing Alf a half one sucking up for what he could get.|
|Men in Battle 166: In all his political talks he favored the Spanish, ‘sucked up to them,’ the men would say.|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 290: I could be a noncom now if I wanted to [...] suck the way Stanley does.|
|Dead Ringer 33: Sucking up to coppers won’t get you anything arround here.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 127: He was the Acting Unpaid Lance-Corporal sucking up to his immediate superior, for the sake of a stripe of tape.|
|Whistle in the Dark Act II: You suck up to them, I fight them.|
|AS XXXVIII:3 169: To curry favor with a professor: suck.‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in|
|Good As Gold (1979) 340: Sophie and I had dinner at the White House once, you know. And we got there on my merits, not by sucking up to an anti-Semitt like Ralph.|
|Fixx 127: Sucking up to your betters [...] can only take you so far.|
|Guardian Weekend 14 Aug. 3: He sucks up to anyone famous.|
|Week (US) 27 Apr. 12: Russia pretends to be rejecting the West, when it knows it needs to suck up instead.|
|Truth 97: This shoddy little arsehole, a nothing, no talents, just a political creature who knew how to slime around, [...] how to suck up to those who could advance him.|
2. to drink.
|Jim Brady 209: How about we suck a jug or two, eh?|
|Proud Highway (1997) 33: I’m going out to look for someone to [...] suck up a few with me at a smoky grotto called ‘Trader John’s’.letter 1 Dec. in|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 43: suck up (v.): Drink up; used in a gay bar for last call: ‘Suck up, everybody, motel time’.|
|Come Monday Morning 110: Hell if he was out hittin’ it las’ night chances are he’d be in there right now suckin’ up a few mornin’ taps.|