suck up to


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suck up to

vb
informal (+: preposition) to flatter for one's own profit; toady
Translations
يَتَمَلَّق ، يَتَزَلَّف إلى
podlézat
benyalnyal
çanak yalayıcılık yapmak

suck

(sak) verb
1. to draw liquid etc into the mouth. As soon as they are born, young animals learn to suck (milk from their mothers); She sucked up the lemonade through a straw.
2. to hold something between the lips or inside the mouth, as though drawing liquid from it. I told him to take the sweet out of his mouth, but he just went on sucking; He sucked the end of his pencil.
3. to pull or draw in a particular direction with a sucking or similar action. The vacuum cleaner sucked up all the dirt from the carpet; A plant sucks up moisture from the soil.
4. (American) (slang) to be awful, boring, disgusting etc. Her singing sucks; This job sucks.
noun
an act of sucking. I gave him a suck of my lollipop.
ˈsucker noun
1. (slang) a person who is easily fooled or is stupid enough to do something. Who is the sucker who bought your car?
2. a person or thing that sucks. Are these insects bloodsuckers?
3. an organ on an animal, eg an octopus, by which it sticks to objects.
4. a curved pad or disc (of rubber etc) that can be pressed on to a surface and stick there.
5. a side shoot coming from the root of a plant.
suck up to
(slang) to do or say things to please one's boss etc for one's own benefit. They despise him because he's always sucking up to the boss.
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Or our Chancellor and future PM Gordon Brown who goes up on stage to suck up to England rugby hero Johnny Wilkinson and caps champagne in his budget "in anticipation of England's World Cup success"?