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When a man has been soaking up alcohol for years—— Drat this hospital cooking anyhow!

Paint the inside with white of egg to prevent its soaking up the sauce of the filling.

Gordon felt something hit his back, and instinctively fell, soaking up the blow.

He found himself clutching the chair, and forced himself to relax, soaking up the shock as he had soaked up so many others.

The most singular phase was that I reproached myself for not soaking up more sun in the past.

He stayed where he was for a moment with his face buried in his crossed over arms, soaking up the soothing warmth on his back.

Roger, bearing Dicky perched upon his shoulder, walked between them soaking up information all the way.

He had refused to don a slicker, and his red sweater, soaking up the rain, grew heavy with moisture and began to stretch.

The table-for-eight was no place for confidences; and Ford knew Penfield's weakness for soaking up information.

Don't try that or you'll get the worst of it, Marsh; you've been soaking up too much whisky to be any good at that game with me!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English socian (intransitive) "to soak, to lie in liquid," from Proto-Germanic *sukon (cf. West Flemish soken), possibly from PIE *sug-, from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)). Transitive sense "drench, permeate thoroughly" is from mid-14c.; that of "cause to lie in liquid" is from early 15c. Meaning "take up by absorption" is from 1550s. Slang meaning "to overcharge" first recorded 1895. Related: Soaked; soaking. As a noun, mid-15c., from the verb.

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