Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

suck it up

Definition of suck it up

US informal

  1. :  to do or deal with something unpleasant by making a special effort <I know you don't want to see him, but you'll just have to suck it up and be polite.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to draw (as liquid) into the mouth through a suction force produced by movements of the lips and tongue

    :  to draw something from or consume by such movements

    :  to apply the mouth to in order to or as if to suck out a liquid

  1. :  a sucking movement or force

    :  the act of sucking

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up suck it up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to take off or remove

Get Word of the Day daily email!