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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the following sentences?
1.1. He lapped it up like a kitten.
1.2. He believed all I said.
lap up = take in or receive very eagerly
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by vil; 01-Jul-2009 at 16:48.
I've checked with two dictionaries. Here are the results:
lap up sth or lap sth up
1 to enjoy something [e.g. atmosphere, praise] very much
We walked around the city and lapped up the atmosphere.
Everyone clapped and cheered and you could see that he was lapping it up.
2 if an animal laps up a liquid, it drinks it by using a lot of quick movements of its tongue
The cat was lapping up the last drops of milk from its bowl.
lap something ↔ up phrasal verb
1 to enjoy something without worrying about whether it is good, true etc:
She's lapping up all the attention she's getting.
The humour was lapped up by an appreciative crowd.
2 if an animal laps up water, milk etc, it drinks it by putting its tongue into it:
The cat began to lap up the milk.