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Origin of sock

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

/ (sɒk) /



(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 in (2 of 2)

/ (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 in

sock in

Close down an airport or other facility due to thick fog or other weather conditions impeding visibility, as in The airport was socked in all morning and air traffic was at a standstill, or We finally got to the peak and were totally socked in—there was no view at all. The sock referred to here is probably a windsock, as decisions to close an airport are made in part on the basis of observations of wind-socks, which indicate wind direction. The expression was first recorded in 1944.

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