- a plural of sock1.
- 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 sox
For a handy guide to the variety of facial hair grown by the Sox, head over to The Week.Up to Speed: The Red Sox and Cardinals World Series Showdown
October 23, 2013
His final season with the Sox, in 2008, devolved into melodrama.Why Manny Ramirez Hates Fans
March 9, 2009
Id like to have made it a goose egg for the Sox, responded Larry.
With him out of the way it would be a walk-over for the Sox.
"You bet your sox," yelled the strange voice, in chorus with other shouts of approval.The Sky Pilot
There's a white shirt and a collar and two pairs of sox, and what not, in there.Scattergood Baines
Clarence Budington Kelland
The commonest kind of sense teaches one that the old lady is in error, and "sox" clearly correct.The Citizen-Soldier
- 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 sox
altered plural of sock (n.1), 1905, originally in commercial jargon.
"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).