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hosing

[hoh-zing] /ˈhoʊ zɪŋ/
noun, Slang.
1.
an act or instance of being taken advantage of or cheated.
2.
an act or instance of being attacked or defeated decisively; drubbing:
Small investors took a hosing in the recent stock-market decline.
Origin
hose + -ing1

hose

[hohz] /hoʊz/
noun, plural hose for 2, 3; hoses for 1, 4, 5; (Archaic) hosen
[hoh-zuh n] /ˈhoʊ zən/ (Show IPA)
1.
a flexible tube for conveying a liquid, as water, to a desired point:
a garden hose; a fire hose.
2.
(used with a plural verb) an article of clothing for the foot and lower part of the leg; stocking or sock.
3.
  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.
4.
British Dialect. a sheath, or sheathing part, as that enclosing a kernel of grain.
5.
Golf. hosel.
verb (used with object), hosed, hosing.
6.
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.
7.
Slang.
  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).
Origin
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
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Examples from the web for hosing
  • Prevent this fungus by hosing off foliage in the morning several times a week to wash off spores.
  • Sweep driveways and patios clean instead of hosing them down.
  • Stop hosing the sidewalks to clean them and use a broom instead.
  • Current plans call for automatically hosing off and collecting the excess algae, which might be used as fuel.
  • Basically while dust or bird dropping can settle on them the first rain or a good hosing will remove everything.
British Dictionary definitions for hosing

hose1

/həʊz/
noun
1.
a flexible pipe, for conveying a liquid or gas
verb
2.
(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

hose2

/həʊz/
noun (pl) hose, hosen
1.
stockings, socks, and tights collectively
2.
(history) a man's garment covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
3.
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

hose

n.

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.

v.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for hosing

hosing

noun

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

Related Terms

take a hosing


hose

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