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sock

2 [sok] Slang.
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike or hit hard.
noun
2.
a hard blow.
3.
a very successful show, performance, actor, etc.: The show was a sock.
adjective
4.
extremely successful: a sock performance.
Verb phrases
5.
sock away, to put into savings or reserve.
6.
sock in, to close or ground because of adverse weather conditions: The airport was socked in.

Origin:
1690–1700; origin uncertain

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sock1 (sɒk)
 
n
1.  a cloth covering for the foot, reaching to between the ankle and knee and worn inside a shoe
2.  an insole put in a shoe, as to make it fit better
3.  See buskin a light shoe worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedy, sometimes taken to allude to comic drama in general (as in the phrase sock and buskin)
4.  another name for windsock
5.  informal (Brit) pull one's socks up to make a determined effort, esp in order to regain control of a situation
6.  slang (Brit) put a sock in it be quiet!
 
vb
7.  (tr) to provide with socks
8.  slang (US), (Canadian) socked in (of an airport) closed by adverse weather conditions
 
[Old English socc a light shoe, from Latin soccus, from Greek sukkhos]

sock2 (sɒk)
 
vb
1.  (usually tr) to hit with force
2.  sock it to to make a forceful impression on
 
n
3.  a forceful blow
 
[C17: of obscure origin]

sock away
 
vb
informal (US), (Canadian), (NZ) (tr) to save up

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Word Origin & History

sock
O.E. socc "light slipper," a W.Gmc. borrowing from L. soccus "light low-heeled shoe," variant of Gk. sykchos "a kind of shoe," perhaps from Phrygian or another Asiatic language. The verb meaning "to stash (money) away as savings" is attested from 1942, Amer.Eng., from the notion of hiding one's money
in a sock. To knock the socks off (someone) "beat thoroughly" is recorded from 1845, Amer.Eng. colloquial. Teen slang sock hop is c.1950, from notion of dancing without shoes.

sock
1700, "to beat, hit," of uncertain origin. To sock it to (someone) first recorded 1877.
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Slang Dictionary

sock definition


  1. tv.
    to punch someone or something. : He socked the door with his fist and began to howl with pain.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

sock away

Put money in a safe place for future use, as in I've got about $2,000 socked away for a new car. This usage presumably alludes to putting one's savings in a sock. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

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