hookup

[ hook-uhp ]
/ ˈhʊkˌʌp /

noun

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Origin of hookup

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase hook up
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British Dictionary definitions for hookup

hook-up

noun

the contact of an aircraft in flight with the refuelling hose of a tanker aircraft
an alliance or relationship, esp an unlikely one, between people, countries, etc
the linking of broadcasting equipment or stations to transmit a special programme

verb hook up (adverb)

to connect (two or more people or things)
(often foll by with) slang to get married (to)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with hookup

hook up

1

Assemble or wire a mechanism, as in Dick helped us hook up the stereo system. [1920s]

2

Connect a mechanism with a main source, as in The computer had not yet been hooked up to the mainframe. [1920s]

3

hook up with. Form a tie or association, as in She had hooked up with the wrong crowd. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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