A to Z Quick Tok 07 | Suck It Up

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In this Quick Tok episode, Jack describes the meaning of the idiomatic expression “Suck it up.”

“Suck it up” is an idiomatic expression used in informal language to encourage someone to endure a difficult or unpleasant situation without complaining or showing weakness. It is often used when someone is facing a challenge, discomfort, or hardship and needs to persevere through it without giving in to their emotions.

When someone tells another person to “suck it up,” they are essentially saying that they should toughen up, be resilient, and deal with the situation bravely or stoically. It implies that complaining or showing vulnerability may not be productive and that the best course of action is to accept the situation and move forward.


  • “I know the hike is tough, but we’re almost at the top of the mountain. Just suck it up, and we’ll be rewarded with an amazing view.”
  • “You didn’t get the promotion you wanted, but don’t dwell on it. Suck it up, work harder, and prove yourself next time.”
  • “The exam is challenging for everyone, so you’re not alone in feeling stressed. Take a deep breath, suck it up, and do your best.”

It’s essential to be mindful when using this phrase, as it can sometimes come across as insensitive or dismissive of someone’s feelings. In certain situations, offering support, empathy, or solutions might be more appropriate than telling someone to “suck it up.”

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