like a sponge


1. the ability to absorb/take in information or one's surroundings






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he/she learns quickly because he/she is like a sponge

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The expression to be like a sponge or to soak up something like a sponge is an idiom which refers to the ability someone has to absorb information or to hold knowledge or take in information easily. similar in meaning to 'being a quick learner'.

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  1. Whenever I forget something I can always rely on Peter to remind me as he never forgets anything. The man has a brain like a sponge.
  2. At the age of two young children are like a sponge, learning basic words, how to walk and a number of fine motor skills such as how to kick a ball.

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  1. Jenny is like a sponge when it comes to taking in information. That's why I want her to attend the meeting with the manufacturers and then report back to me.
  2. On Paul's first day at the office, I showed him the ropes. He is obviously a very quick learner because he took in everything I was telling and showing him like a sponge.

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