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hookup

[hoo k-uhp]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of hooking up.
  2. an assembly and connection of parts, components, or apparatus into a circuit, network, machine, or system.
  3. the circuit, network, machine, or system so formed.
  4. a device or connection, as a plug, hose, or pipe, for conveying electricity, a water supply, etc., from a source to a user: Some campsites have electrical hookups for trailers.
  5. Informal. an association, alliance, or cooperative effort: A closer hookup of Caribbean nations would be good for international trade.
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Origin of hookup

1900–05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hook up
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Related Words for hookup

connection, interconnection, linkage, alliance, relationship, interrelationship, affiliation, consanguinity, similarity, kindred, relative, sibling, liaison, propinquity, link, kin, interdependence, correlation, affinity, association

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Word Origin and History for hookup

n.

also hook up, "connection," 1903; modern slang verbal sense of "to meet for sex" is attested by 2003.

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