soak up (third-person singular simple present soaks up, present participle soaking up, simple past and past participle soaked up)
- To absorb or draw in a substance, especially all of that substance
- The tissue soaked up all of the spilled milk.
- (figuratively, by extension) To absorb or deflect a series of actions; to endure a behavior from someone.
- 2013, Chris Bevan, "", BBC Sport, 19 October 2013:
- Tan was not at Stamford Bridge and Mackay's tactics proved effective as his side soaked up Chelsea's attacks despite conceding the majority of possession, and frequently threatened on the break.
- (idiomatic) To learn, especially passively or eagerly; to allow an experience to affect oneself, to enjoy its effects.