suck in


sucked in; sucking in; sucks in

transitive verb

: to contract, flatten, and tighten (the abdomen) especially by inhaling deeply

Examples of suck in in a Sentence

she was sucked in by a scam that was run by a shady outfit selling time-shares
Recent Examples on the Web Others just wondered aloud if they’d been fully sucked in. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 22 Mar. 2024 Some of the cores continue sucking in mass from their surroundings, like cosmic vacuum cleaners. Nia Imara, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2024 It's called not sucking in my tummy after having three kids. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 Dolly Parton reminds us all that capitalism sucks in 1981 Dolly Parton performing at the 1981 Academy Awards. Emma Specter, Vogue, 7 Mar. 2024 This creates a bubble of low pressure, which sucks in air, creating wind. Matt Simon, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2023 Similarly to how whales process krill, leopard seals suck in mouthfuls of them, blowing water out the sides of their mouths as krill catch onto their interlocking teeth, creating a tasty mouthful of tiny crustaceans to munch on. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2024 Most of our black-bearded, balding gentlemen sat upright on couches, their guts sucked in, their mustaches twisted from unconscious twirling. Jamil Jan Kochai, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 The idea here is kind of clever: the robot comes with two bins, one that sucks in dust and one that acts as a water tank with a mop pad on the bottom. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 28 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of suck in was in 1840

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“Suck in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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