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    lap up = take in or receive very eagerly

    Dear teachers,

    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.

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    Re: lap up = take in or receive very eagerly

    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.

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