Eventually humans were sent in, driving truck-mounted vacuum cleaners to suck up deadly contaminants.
Is Obama playing to his soft-hearted liberal base or trying to suck up to certain bash-the-Chinese conservatives?
They were going to suck up this problem and turn into the solution to the other problem, which was the meat shortage.
All this will suck up the time that an intensive peace push would require.
This is a big problem of his, and it's caused by his pathological need to suck up to the right.
In an instant the machine began to suck up water from the river.
They suck up as much as they wish, and then give place to others.
Her young ones also suck up blood: And where the slain are, there is she.
It would be noon before the sun could suck up this moisture.
The sun and the air absorb or suck up the water and carry it off to their homes.
Old English sucan, from PIE root *sug-/*suk- of imitative origin (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German sugan, Old Norse suga, Middle Dutch sughen, Dutch zuigen, German saugen "to suck;" Latin sugere "to suck," succus "juice, sap;" Old Irish sugim, Welsh sugno "to suck"). Meaning "do fellatio" is first recorded 1928. Slang sense of "be contemptible" first attested 1971 (the underlying notion is of fellatio). Related: Sucked; sucking. Suck eggs is from 1906. Suck hind tit "be inferior" is American English slang first recorded 1940.
To defeat in a speed race; pass in a drag race: I have also sucked up plenty of cherry red Vettes
[1970s+; fr the notion of drawing the passed car along in one's turbulence behind]
[Sucks! as a contemptuous interjection used by British schoolboys is found by 1913]