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sock1

[sok] /sɒk/
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.
5.
sock puppet (def 3).
Idioms
6.
knock one's / the socks off. knock (def 29).
Origin of sock1
900
before 900; Middle English socke, Old English soccLatin soccus slipper
Related forms
sockless, adjective
socklessness, noun

sock2

[sok] /sɒk/ 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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Examples from the Web for socks
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  • "Oh, I have just received a note from a young soldier to whom I sent the first pair of socks I ever made," she returned.

  • And about how to keep Katie in order about your socks, and all sorts of things.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Philip left his walking-stick, his socks, and the Baedeker at Bologna; she only left her sponge-bag.

  • "The wife told me," said Marion, calmly, rolling up her socks.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Hosetops were improvised by cutting the feet off socks and later they were bought.

    The Story of the "9th King's" in France Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for socks

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 socks

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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for socks

sock it to someone

verb phrase

To attack someone vigorously and effectively; LET someone HAVE IT: Some congressional liberals would like to sock it to business by taking away the tax reductions/ Thanks for socking it to Barbie, that all-American plastic tart (1877+)

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+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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