Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(just) suck it up

suck it upjust suck it up
Meaning(s)
1) accept something difficult or unpleasant without complaining
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    • suck it up and keep going
  • Analysis

    'Suck it up' is an informal expression used to encourage someone to accept bad conditions, a bad situation or some kind of hardship without complaining. Usually when you encourage someone to 'suck it up', it is because you believe the hardship will provide a learning opportunity or be otherwise good for them in some way.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Mark injured his leg towards the end of the race, but he sucked it up and got to the finish line.
    2. Maria complained about everything when we were backpacking. I don't understand why she couldn't just suck it up, it's not like we were staying in a five-star hotel.
    3. My grandmother won't listen to anyone complaining about work. She tells us to suck it up and that we don't know how fortunate we are to have jobs.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Sarah hated her job and wanted to quit, but she needed the money so she had to just suck it up.
    2. People are sick of hearing you complaining about the hours you're working. Just suck it up and get on with it!
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