- 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
Examples from the Web for hook-up
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 1, 2015
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.Buckingham Palace's Tinder And Grindr Quandry
October 7, 2014
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
October 4, 2014
Historical Examples of hook-up
He addressed Gus, who was laying out the hook-up for a crystal set.Radio Boys Loyalty
Twisted and squeezed through rolls of skeins of hook-up wire.The Victor
That's where the Germans that put in the radio plant made their hook-up.The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border
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
verb hook up (adverb)
- a sharp bend or angle in a geological formation, esp a river
- a sharply curved spit of land
- slangout 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
Word Origin for hook
Old English hoc "hook, angle," perhaps related to Old English haca "bolt," from Proto-Germanic *hokaz/*hakan- (cf. Old Frisian hok, Middle Dutch hoek, Dutch haak, German Haken "hook"), from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth" (cf. Russian kogot "claw"). For spelling, see hood (n.1).
Boxing sense of "short, swinging blow with the elbow bent" is from 1898. Figurative sense was in Middle English (see hooker). By hook or by crook (late 14c.) probably alludes to tools of professional thieves. Hook, line, and sinker "completely" is 1838, a metaphor from angling.
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)