sock

1 [sok]
noun, plural socks or for 1, also sox.
1.
a short stocking usually reaching to the calf or just above the ankle.
2.
a lightweight shoe worn by ancient Greek and Roman comic actors.
3.
comic writing for the theater; comedy or comic drama. Compare buskin ( def 4 ).
4.
Furniture. a raised vertical area of a club or pad foot.
Idioms
5.
knock one's/the socks off. knock ( def 29 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English socke, Old English soccLatin soccus slipper

sockless, adjective
socklessness, noun
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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]

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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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Example sentences
Though security is extensive, it is possible to stuff an item inside a sock or
  shirt.
Otherwise, stuff a sock in it and get back to work finding that proof.
Blood from a blister has soaked through the heel of her sock.
Of course, even if seniors are able to sock enough away, retiring to a beach or
  a golf course isn't for everyone.
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