- knock one's/the socks off. knock(def 29).
Origin of sock1
- to strike or hit hard.
- a hard blow.
- a very successful show, performance, actor, etc.: The show was a sock.
- extremely successful: a sock performance.
- sock away, to put into savings or reserve.
- sock in, to close or ground because of adverse weather conditions: The airport was socked in.
Origin of sock2
Examples from the Web for sock
Two and a half years ago this was just a sock, underwear and a lounge kind of company.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
Based on his sock puppet, I expected him to be a burly bearded giant clad in plaid—basically, a Canadian Paul Bunyan.
A food court in a suburban mall seemed like a good place to meet Ed the Sock.
Still, Ed the Sock is more active on Twitter these days, where he has more than 14 thousand followers.
The duo first met in 1997 when Kerzner was playing Ed the Sock live.
But how was this difficult matter of sock and stocking to be settled?Red, White, Blue Socks, Part First
Sarah L Barrow
Who welcome with the crowing of a cock, This hero of the buskin and sock.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.
Well, you could call it that, but the cop of the beach said it was more like a baby's sock.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Jim's mother looked thoughtfully at the sock she was darning.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
At least we could never finish a sock unless Mother helped us, and then she would know.Chatterbox, 1906
- a cloth covering for the foot, reaching to between the ankle and knee and worn inside a shoe
- an insole put in a shoe, as to make it fit better
- a light shoe worn by actors in ancient Greek and Roman comedy, sometimes taken to allude to comic drama in general (as in the phrase sock and buskin)See buskin
- another name for windsock
- pull one's socks up British informal to make a determined effort, esp in order to regain control of a situation
- put a sock in it British slang be quiet!
- (tr) to provide with socks
- socked in US and Canadian slang (of an airport) closed by adverse weather conditions
- (usually tr) to hit with force
- sock it to to make a forceful impression on
- a forceful blow
Word Origin and History for sock
"knitted or woven covering for the foot, short stocking," early 14c., from Old English socc "slipper, light shoe," from Latin soccus "slipper, light low-heeled shoe," probably a variant of Greek sykchos, word for a kind of shoe, perhaps from Phrygian or another Asiatic language. The Latin word was borrowed generally in West Germanic, e.g. Middle Dutch socke, Dutch sok, Old High German soc, German Socke. To knock the socks off (someone) "beat thoroughly" is recorded from 1845, American English colloquial. Teen slang sock hop is c.1950, from notion of dancing without shoes.
1700, "to beat, hit hard, pitch into," of uncertain origin. To sock it to (someone) first recorded 1877.
"to stash (money) away as savings," 1942, American English, from the notion of hiding one's money in a sock (see sock (n.1)).
"a blow, a hit with the fist," 1700, from or related to sock (v.1).