(someone) gets sucked in (to something)

When something completely takes all of a person's attention, you can say that that person has been "sucked into" it. For example, you might get sucked into:

  • a really addictive crime novel
  • a long and complicated video game
  • an exciting but very competitive industry, like the entertainment industry
  • news about a famous murder trial

Another meaning of "sucked in" is to be fooled by someone's lies and false promises:

Don't get sucked in by credit cards offering free airline miles or other perks.

Being "sucked into" something is usually negative, whether it's used with the first or second meaning.

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