- the path described by a ball, as in baseball, bowling, or golf, that curves in a direction opposite to the throwing hand or to the side of the ball from which it was struck.
- a ball describing such a path.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a player) to hook the ball.
- (of a ball) to describe a hook in course.
- to fasten with a hook or hooks.
- to assemble or connect, as the components of a machine: to hook up a stereo system.
- to connect to a central source, as of power or water: The house hasn't been hooked up to the city's water system yet.
- Informal. to join, meet, or become associated with: He never had a decent job until he hooked up with this company.
- Informal. to have casual sex or a romantic date without a long-term commitment: He doesn't know her very well, but he hooked up with her a couple of times.
- out of trouble; released from some difficulty: This time there was no one around to get him off the hook.
- free of obligation: Her brother paid all her bills and got her off the hook.
- Slang. extremely or shockingly excellent: Wow, that song is off the hook!
- obliged; committed; involved: He's already on the hook for $10,000.
- subjected to a delaying tactic; waiting: We've had him on the hook for two weeks now.
Origin of hook1
Related formshook·less, adjectivehook·like, adjective
Can be confusedpenance pennants
British Dictionary definitions for hook up
- a sharp bend or angle in a geological formation, esp a river
- a sharply curved spit of land
- slang out of danger; free from obligation or guilt
- (of a telephone receiver) not on the support, so that incoming calls cannot be received
- in a dangerous or difficult situation
Derived Formshookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective
Word Origin for hook
Idioms and Phrases with hook up (1 of 2)
Assemble or wire a mechanism, as in Dick helped us hook up the stereo system. [1920s]
Connect a mechanism with a main source, as in The computer had not yet been hooked up to the mainframe. [1920s]
hook up with. Form a tie or association, as in She had hooked up with the wrong crowd. [Slang; mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with hook up (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with hook
- hook or crook
- hook up
- by hook or crook
- off the hook
- on one's own account (hook)