Origin of sock

2
First recorded in 1690–1700; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for sock away (1 of 3)

sock away


verb

(tr) US, Canadian and NZ informal to save up

British Dictionary definitions for sock away (2 of 3)

sock

1
/ (sɒk) /

noun

verb

(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)

sock

2
/ (sɒk) slang /

verb

(usually tr) to hit with force
sock it to to make a forceful impression on

noun

a forceful blow

Word Origin for sock

C17: of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with sock away

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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