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[hoh-zing] /ˈhoʊ zɪŋ/
noun, Slang.
an act or instance of being taken advantage of or cheated.
an act or instance of being attacked or defeated decisively; drubbing:
Small investors took a hosing in the recent stock-market decline.
Origin of hosing
hose + -ing1


[hohz] /hoʊz/
noun, plural hose for 2, 3; hoses for 1, 4, 5; (Archaic) hosen
[hoh-zuh n] /ˈhoʊ zən/ (Show IPA)
a flexible tube for conveying a liquid, as water, to a desired point:
a garden hose; a fire hose.
(used with a plural verb) an article of clothing for the foot and lower part of the leg; stocking or sock.
  1. an article of clothing for the leg, extending from about the knee to the ankle and worn with knee breeches.
  2. (used with a plural verb) knee breeches.
  3. (used with a plural verb) tights, as were worn with, and usually attached to, a doublet.
British Dialect. a sheath, or sheathing part, as that enclosing a kernel of grain.
Golf. hosel.
verb (used with object), hosed, hosing.
to water, wash, spray, or drench by means of a hose (often followed by down):
to hose the garden; to hose down the ship's deck.
  1. to cheat, trick, or take advantage of.
  2. to defeat decisively.
  3. to reject.
  4. Chiefly Military. to attack or assault (an area) in order to gain control quickly (sometimes followed by down).
before 1100; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa, German Hose; (v.) Middle English: to provide with hose, derivative of the noun
Related forms
hoseless, adjective
hoselike, adjective
unhosed, adjective Unabridged
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  • The night crew was moving through the empty Main Street, hosing down the streets, sweeping, scrubbing.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for hosing


a flexible pipe, for conveying a liquid or gas
(sometimes foll by down) to wash, water, or sprinkle (a person or thing) with or as if with a hose
Word Origin
C15: later use of hose²


noun (pl) hose, hosen
stockings, socks, and tights collectively
(history) a man's garment covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
half-hose, socks
Word Origin
Old English hosa; related to Old High German hosa, Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa
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Word Origin and History for hosing



late Old English, hosa "covering for the leg," from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse hosa, Middle High German hose "covering for the leg," German Hose "trousers"), literally "covering," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Old French hose, Old Spanish huesa are of Germanic origin. Sense of "flexible rubber tube for liquid" is first attested late 15c.


c.1300, "to furnish with stockings," from hose (n.). Meaning "to water down with a hose" is from 1889. Related: Hosed; hosing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hosing



Abuse, esp a beating with a hose (1931+ Prison)

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take a hosing



  1. A sexually promiscuous woman (1980s+ Students)
  2. The penis


  1. To do the sex act with or to; bonk, jazz, screw: Do you still want to hose her some more tonight? (1940s+)
  2. To cheat; deceive; dupe; screw, shaft: He's not going out of his way to hose Nico/ I got news for you. You got hosed (1940s+)
  3. To turn down; reject; snub: They're afraid of getting hosed (1960s+ Students)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr a rare but found hose, ''penis,'' whereupon the term would be analogous to diddle, fuck, screw, shaft, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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hosing in the Bible

(Dan. 3:21), a tunic or undergarment.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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