[ sok ]
/ sɒk /
verb (used with object)
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.
Words nearby sock
Origin of sock2
First recorded in 1690–1700; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for sock away (1 of 3)
(tr) US, Canadian and NZ informal to save up
British Dictionary definitions for sock away (2 of 3)
/ (sɒk) /
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
Word Origin for sock
Old English socc a light shoe, from Latin soccus, from Greek sukkhos
British Dictionary definitions for sock away (3 of 3)
/ (sɒk) slang /
(usually tr) to hit with force
sock it to to make a forceful impression on
a forceful blow
Word Origin for sock
C17: of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with sock away
Put money in a safe place for future use, as in I've got about $2,000 socked away for a new car. This usage presumably alludes to putting one's savings in a sock. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
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