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    Breeds cynicism and sucks precious resources from the kids

    Dear Sir,

    Please help to explain the underlined words in the following sentence:

    For one thing, calling every mean comment or hallway clash bullying breeds cynicism and sucks precious resources from the kids who need our help.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Breeds cynicism and sucks precious resources from the kids

    "Cynicism" is in the dictionary.

    "Sucks" here means uses up or depletes. Given that resources are finite, they should not be wasted on trivial matters, but instead be used to help kids who are victims of true bullying.

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    Re: Breeds cynicism and sucks precious resources from the kids

    Thanks for the reply. I have looked up Cynicism in the dictionary, but its definitions seem to be unable to fit in with the meaning of the sentence.

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    Re: Breeds cynicism and sucks precious resources from the kids

    If little things are described as bullying, then people will take charges of bullying less seriously, even when they are real.

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