lap up

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to eat or drink

  2. to relish or delight in: he laps up old horror films

  1. to believe or accept eagerly and uncritically: he laps up tall stories

Words Nearby lap up

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How to use lap up in a sentence

  • Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods.

  • And now lap up thy sewing, child, for I see thy father coming in, and we will go down to hall.

    A Forgotten Hero | Emily Sarah Holt
  • Although the flies are sucking insects, their beaks lap up liquid food and are not at all like the beaks of the bugs.

    Book of Monsters | David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • It is curious that the female should have such habits, while the males are content to lap up nectar from the flowers.

    Book of Monsters | David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • Such a man, truly wise, creams of nature, leaving the sour and the dregs for philosophy and reason to lap up.

    Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
  • I wish you could have seen Fluff lap up the milk, which was warmed for him and put in a saucer on the floor of the automobile.

Other Idioms and Phrases with lap up

lap up

Take in or receive very eagerly, as in She loves to travel—she just laps it up, or The agency is lapping up whatever information their spies send in. This expression alludes to an animal drinking greedily. [Late 1800s]

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