- 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.
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Idioms for hook
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM hookhook·less, adjectivehook·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hookpenance pennants
Words nearby hook
Example sentences from the Web for hook-up
If the oft-talked-about college “hook-up culture” could be embodied by a place, it would be Shooters.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When you met him on Tinder were you initially thinking of this as a hook-up or a relationship?
It was never meant to be a “hook-up app” so he knew that about me.
A Palace aide, however, told the Daily Beast that they were not “overly concerned” by the issue of hook-up app guests.
But hook-up apps like Mixxxer change that, they keep the party going.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set|Aurora Snow|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He addressed Gus, who was laying out the hook-up for a crystal set.Radio Boys Loyalty|Wayne Whipple
Twisted and squeezed through rolls of skeins of hook-up wire.The Victor|Bryce Walton
I don't blame him a bit—I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of this hook-up myself.Skylark Three|Edward Elmer Smith
That's where the Germans that put in the radio plant made their hook-up.The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border|Gerald Breckenridge
British Dictionary definitions for hook-up (1 of 2)
verb hook up (adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for hook-up (2 of 2)
- 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 forms of hookhookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective
Word Origin for hook
Idioms and Phrases with hook-up
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)