hosing

[hoh-zing]

noun Slang.

an act or instance of being taken advantage of or cheated.
an act or instance of being attacked or defeated decisively; drubbing: Small investors took a hosing in the recent stock-market decline.

Nearby words

  1. hoser,
  2. hosey,
  3. hoshana rabbah,
  4. hosier,
  5. hosiery,
  6. hosp.,
  7. hospice,
  8. hospitable,
  9. hospital,
  10. hospital bed

Origin of hosing


hose

[hohz]

noun, plural hose for 2, 3; hos·es for 1, 4, 5; (Archaic) hos·en [hoh-zuh n] /ˈhoʊ zən/.

a flexible tube for conveying a liquid, as water, to a desired point: a garden hose; a fire hose.
(used with a plural verb) an article of clothing for the foot and lower part of the leg; stocking or sock.
(of men's attire in former times)
  1. an article of clothing for the leg, extending from about the knee to the ankle and worn with knee breeches.
  2. (used with a plural verb)knee breeches.
  3. (used with a plural verb)tights, as were worn with, and usually attached to, a doublet.
British Dialect. a sheath, or sheathing part, as that enclosing a kernel of grain.
Golf. hosel.

verb (used with object), hosed, hos·ing.

to water, wash, spray, or drench by means of a hose (often followed by down): to hose the garden; to hose down the ship's deck.
Slang.
  1. to cheat, trick, or take advantage of.
  2. to defeat decisively.
  3. to reject.
  4. Chiefly Military.to attack or assault (an area) in order to gain control quickly (sometimes followed by down).

Origin of hose

before 1100; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa, German Hose; (v.) Middle English: to provide with hose, derivative of the noun

Related formshose·less, adjectivehose·like, adjectiveun·hosed, adjective

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Examples from the Web for hosing

  • The night crew was moving through the empty Main Street, hosing down the streets, sweeping, scrubbing.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for hosing

hose

1

noun

a flexible pipe, for conveying a liquid or gas

verb

(sometimes foll by down) to wash, water, or sprinkle (a person or thing) with or as if with a hose

Word Origin for hose

C15: later use of hose ²

hose

2

noun plural hose or hosen

stockings, socks, and tights collectively
history a man's garment covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
half-hose socks

Word Origin for hose

Old English hosa; related to Old High German hosa, Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa

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