(third-person singular simple present hoovers up, present participle hoovering up, simple past and past participle hoovered up)
- To suck (something) into a vacuum cleaner, irrespective of brand
- Don't worry about the mess on the carpet - I'll hoover it up later.
- (idiomatic) To eat (food) quickly, especially by taking it into the mouth directly from the plate rather than using cutlery.
- (figuratively) To avidly absorb something as if by a vacuum cleaner.
- see Hoover