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soak something up

Definition of soak something up in English:

1Absorb a liquid: use clean tissues to soak up any droplets of water
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  • The towels soaked up the red liquid with blinding efficiency, soaking up almost ten times their weight in liquid.
  • The bread soaked up the meaty juices in a satisfyingly rustic way.
  • The garden also uses bark chip mulch which soaks up water and slowly releases it into the ground and a combination of soil and gravel to improve drainage.
Synonyms
1.1Expose oneself to or experience something beneficial or enjoyable: lie back and soak up the Mediterranean sun he spends his time painting and soaking up the culture
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  • For half a century now many rich and varied cultural experiences have been soaked up over the scorching hot Perth summers.
  • Lie back and soak it up - the bright tones and soothing vocals are best appreciated horizontally, although there's plenty of wiggle in these wobbly cut-up rhythms as well.
  • We both spent time outside, soaking up some rays and just enjoying the spring weather.
1.2 informal Cost or use up money: the project had soaked up over £1 billion
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