Source: TCP/IP For Dummies, 6th Edition by Candace Leiden and Marshall Wilensky (2009)

I don't understand how the verb gulp is used here. To gulp, as far as I know, basically means to consume or eat something very quickly, but that doesn't seem to fit the example in the book.

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    gulp also has a connotation of skipping the details, same as when you gulp down food you don't really taste it. – user3169 Nov 14 '16 at 0:44
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    Y'know, not everything someone writes in English will make sense, even to other English speakers. :) – Andrew Nov 14 '16 at 0:58
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    For what it's worth, as (1) a native speaker and (2) a professional network engineer, the use of gulp in this context makes no sense to me. – chrylis -cautiouslyoptimistic- Nov 14 '16 at 2:56
  • As the title says, the book is for dummies. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 14 '16 at 14:33

I guess that gulp is being used in a figurative sense, much like digest in digesting the news. Here, gulp would mean to learn about it quickly, possibly in an easy manner.

: to take in readily as if by swallowing <gulp down knowledge>

If learning about hardware has a reputation for being difficult or boring, then using that title might suggest that the material will be covered in a quick or easy manner. It could also suggest reluctance by doing it quickly, getting over it, as one might gulp some medicine.

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