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.
1700, "to beat, hit," of uncertain origin. To sock it to (someone) first recorded 1877.
: To land another sock on Mr Renault's nose(1700+)
A set of mounted cymbals sounded by tramping on a foot pedal; high-hat(1920+ Musicians)
To strike; hit hard; clobber, paste: bein' socked to dreamland(1700+)
A place where money is kept, esp saved; also, savings collectively: Every dollar that he will receive for the current four-year term will go into the family sock(1924+)
A box, bag, safe, etc, where money is kept (1930s+ Underworld)
[fr the use of a sock as a container; one reference of 1698 indicates that sock meant ''pocket'' in underworld slang]
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
socks in Technology
security A security package that allows a host behind a firewall to use finger, FTP, telnet, Gopher, and Mosaic to access resources outside the firewall while maintaining the security requirements. [The Security FAQ, Usenet newsgroups news:comp.security.misc, news:comp.security.unix, news:alt.security]. (1995-01-31)