- 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
- (tr) US, Canadian and NZ informal to save up
- 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 away
"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).
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]