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[sok] /sɒk/
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
1690-1700; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for socking away

sock1

/sɒk/
noun
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.
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) See buskin
4.
another name for windsock
5.
(Brit, informal) pull one's socks up, to make a determined effort, esp in order to regain control of a situation
6.
(Brit, slang) put a sock in it, be quiet!
verb
7.
(transitive) to provide with socks
8.
(US & Canadian, slang) socked in, (of an airport) closed by adverse weather conditions
Word Origin
Old English socc a light shoe, from Latin soccus, from Greek sukkhos

sock2

/sɒk/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) to hit with force
2.
sock it to, to make a forceful impression on
noun
3.
a forceful blow
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for socking away

sock

n.

"knitted or woven covering for the foot, short stocking," early 14c., from Old English socc "slipper, light shoe," from Latin soccus "slipper, light low-heeled shoe," probably a variant of Greek sykchos, word for a kind of shoe, perhaps from Phrygian or another Asiatic language. The Latin word was borrowed generally in West Germanic, e.g. Middle Dutch socke, Dutch sok, Old High German soc, German Socke. To knock the socks off (someone) "beat thoroughly" is recorded from 1845, American English colloquial. Teen slang sock hop is c.1950, from notion of dancing without shoes.

"a blow, a hit with the fist," 1700, from or related to sock (v.1).

v.

1700, "to beat, hit hard, pitch into," of uncertain origin. To sock it to (someone) first recorded 1877.

"to stash (money) away as savings," 1942, American English, from the notion of hiding one's money in a sock (see sock (n.1)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for socking away

sob sister

noun phrase

A woman news reporter or writer who specializes in sentimental or human-interest material (1912+)


sob story

noun phrase

A very affecting tale, esp an account of one's disabling troubles; a story that disingenuously appeals to one's charitable nature: Do not weep crocodile tears over media sob stories (1913+)


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