from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause someone to become slowly more and more involved in a business or situation that is often not to that person's liking.
  • v. To contract one's abdominal muscles to make one's stomach look flatter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. draw in as if by suction
  • v. attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc.
  • v. take up as if with a sponge


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  • It felt like Fink's fingers had pressed through the front of his throat clear to the spine, and he felt all his muscles just give way, he felt himself kicking, his lungs heaving to try to suck in air that just wouldn't come, but he kept his spark going till the last second, waiting for the gunpowder keg to blow.

    He Don't Know Him

  • (She’d come out of nowhere, politically speaking: money to burn, and a certain sort of style, but who might have guessed the vacuum left by the Wizard’s departure would suck in a society wife with a penchant for glitter gowns?)   “Not a terrible choice.”

    Son of a Witch

  • The effect was quite dramatic; he could hear several of the watching Dwomorites suck in their breath.

    With a Single Spell

  • But when Thumbless Wu formed a secret society to oppose the hidden places where those who once gambled went to suck in white smoke, the men who bought the chests that came from Calcutta made every man of the Middle Kingdom who traded with them for the precious black balls swear that Wu Thumbless would have none of what they bought.

    City of Glory

  • When they reached the narrow bar, Sharon dismounted and let the horse bury its muzzle in the cool, clear water and suck in the liquid in noisy slurps.

    Western Man


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