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verb     suck pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesucking
past tensesucked
past participlesucked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to pull liquid into your mouth by using the muscles in your cheeks and tongue

    After the accident, I could only suck liquids through a straw.

    suck at:

    a baby sucking at the breast

    1. a.
      to put something in your mouth and move your tongue against it
      suck on:

      She sucked on a sweet and stared at us.

      suck your thumb:

      I sucked my thumb until I was five.

    2. b.
      to pull air or smoke into your lungs
      suck in:

      He sucked in a lungful of air, then jumped into the pool.

      suck on:

      Christine sucked on her cigarette.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to pull air or liquid somewhere

    The fan sucks air in through one vent and pushes it out through the other.

    1. a.
      if the pressure of air or liquid sucks someone or something somewhere, it pulls them there

      The current nearly sucked us under the water.

  3. 3
    to take something from something else, especially something that makes it weaker or less successful

    This gigantic military effort was sucking all the strength out of the economy.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] mainly American very informal to be very bad, very annoying etc

    If your job really sucks, leave it.

    ‘My mum says I have to clean the garage.’ ‘That sucks.’

  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    sucks to be you very informal a way of scorning someone for their misfortunes

    Sucks to be you, Cory and Topanga, I’ve got something so much better AND it’s real.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/04/2012
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