Word forms: suckers
, suckering, suckered
1. countable noun If you call someone a sucker, you mean that it is very easy to cheat them. [informal, disapproval] ⇒ But that is what the suckers want so you give it them. ⇒ Keep giving us your money, sucker! 2. countable noun If you describe someone as a sucker for something, you mean that they find it very difficult to resist it. [informal] [+ for] ⇒ I'm such a sucker for romance. 3. verb
If you sucker a person into doing something, you deceive them, usually so that they do something that is against their own interests. [mainly US] [V n] ⇒ If you tell those folks the truth, they won't vote for you. But if you sucker them, they'll vote for you twice over. [V n into -ing] ⇒ It is becoming harder for the authorities to sucker healthy banks into taking over smaller ones.
4. countable noun The suckers on some animals and insects are the parts on the outside of their body which they use in order to stick to a surface. 5. countable noun A sucker is a small device used for attaching things to surfaces. It consists of a cup-shaped piece of rubber that sticks to a surface when it is pressed flat. ⇒ ...sucker pads.
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