lap up
lap up lap up, v. t. [See {lap}, v. i.] 1. To take up (drink or food) with the tongue; to drink by licking up. [1913 Webster]

2. (fig.) To accept or enjoy enthusiatically and uncritically. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lap up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms lap up : present tense I/you/we/they lap up he/she/it laps up present participle lapping up past tense lapped up past participle lapped up 1) to enjoy something and be keen to get more of it The jokes were… …   English dictionary

  • lap up — PHRASAL VERB If you say that someone laps up something such as information or attention, you mean that they accept it eagerly, usually when you think they are being foolish for believing that it is sincere. see lap 6) [V P n (not pron)] Their… …   English dictionary

  • lap up — verb take up with the tongue The cat lapped up the milk the cub licked the milk from its mother s breast • Syn: ↑lap, ↑lick • Derivationally related forms: ↑lap (for: ↑lap) …   Useful english dictionary

  • lap up — Synonyms and related words: and sinker, be a sucker, be taken in, bib, bite, devour, drain the cup, dram, drink, drink bottoms up, drink deep, drink hard, drink off, drink up, eat up, fall for, follow strong drink, gargle, go for, gobble up, grog …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lap up — {v.} 1. To eat or drink with the tip of the tongue. * /The kitten laps up its milk./ 2. {informal} To take in eagerly. * /She flatters him all the time and he just laps it up./ * /William is interested in rockets and space, and he laps up all he… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lap up — {v.} 1. To eat or drink with the tip of the tongue. * /The kitten laps up its milk./ 2. {informal} To take in eagerly. * /She flatters him all the time and he just laps it up./ * /William is interested in rockets and space, and he laps up all he… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lap\ up — v 1. To eat or drink with the tip of the tongue. The kitten laps up its milk. 2. informal To take in eagerly. She flatters him all the time and he just laps it up. William is interested in rockets and space, and he laps up all he can read about… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lap up — verb a) To consume by lapping The cats lapping up the milk in its bowl b) To revel in, to overtly enjoy You could see she was pleased, she was lapping up the applause …   Wiktionary

  • lap up — 1) eat or drink with the tongue The dog lapped up the milk that his master had given him. 2) take in eagerly He lapped up the praise that his boss gave him for the recently completed project …   Idioms and examples

  • lap up — welcome, appreciate    She laps up their compliments. She loves their praise …   English idioms

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