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


noun, plural hose for 2, 3; hos·es for 1, 4, 5; (Archaic) hos·en [hoh-zuh n] /ˈhoʊ zən/.
  1. a flexible tube for conveying a liquid, as water, to a desired point: a garden hose; a fire hose.
  2. (used with a plural verb) an article of clothing for the foot and lower part of the leg; stocking or sock.
  3. (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.
  4. British Dialect. a sheath, or sheathing part, as that enclosing a kernel of grain.
  5. Golf. hosel.
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verb (used with object), hosed, hos·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
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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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Related Words for hosing

fraud, deception, blackmail, hoax, deceit, shakedown, racket, extortion, rip-off, sham, fool, lie, misinform, entice, cheat, hoodwink, dupe, betray, deceive, tempt

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Historical Examples of hosing

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


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for hosing


  1. a flexible pipe, for conveying a liquid or gas
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  1. (sometimes foll by down) to wash, water, or sprinkle (a person or thing) with or as if with a hose
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Word Origin for hose

C15: later use of hose ²


noun plural hose or hosen
  1. stockings, socks, and tights collectively
  2. history a man's garment covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
  3. half-hose socks
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Word Origin for hose

Old English hosa; related to Old High German hosa, Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa
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Word Origin and History for hosing



late Old English, hosa "covering for the leg," from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse hosa, Middle High German hose "covering for the leg," German Hose "trousers"), literally "covering," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Old French hose, Old Spanish huesa are of Germanic origin. Sense of "flexible rubber tube for liquid" is first attested late 15c.

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c.1300, "to furnish with stockings," from hose (n.). Meaning "to water down with a hose" is from 1889. Related: Hosed; hosing.

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