sock in


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

1690–1700; origin uncertain Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
sock1 (sɒk)
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!
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)
1.  (usually tr) to hit with force
2.  sock it to to make a forceful impression on
3.  a forceful blow
[C17: of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Idioms & Phrases

sock in

Close down an airport or other facility due to thick fog or other weather conditions impeding visibility, as in The airport was socked in all morning and air traffic was at a standstill, or We finally got to the peak and were totally socked inthere was no view at all. The sock referred to here is probably a windsock, as decisions to close an airport are made in part on the basis of observations of wind-socks, which indicate wind direction. The expression was first recorded in 1944.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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