sock1 S3 [sɔk US sa:k] n
[Sense: 1,3-4; Origin: Old English socc, from Latin soccus 'light shoe']
[Sense: 2,5; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: SOCK2]
1.) a piece of clothing made of soft material that you wear on your foot inside your shoe
a pair of socks
white ankle socks
2.) knock/blow sb's socks off informal
to surprise and excite someone very much
a new band that will knock your socks off
3.) pull your socks up
informal especially BrE to make an effort to improve your behaviour or your work
If they want promotion, United have got to pull their socks up.
4.) put a sock in it informal
used to tell someone in a joking way to stop talking or making a noise
5.) informal a hard hit, especially with your hand closed
Larry gave him a sock on the arm.
sock 2
sock2 v [T]
[Sense: 1-2,4; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language.]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: sock 'windsock'. sock away 1900-2000 From SOCK1]
1.) informal to hit someone very hard, especially with your hand closed
= ↑thump
He socked her in the face.
2.) [usually passive] informal
if someone is socked with something bad, they are suddenly affected by it
sock sb with sth
I got socked with a big car repair bill.
3.) be socked in
AmE if an airport, road, or area is socked in, it is very difficult to see far and no one can travel because of bad ↑fog, snow, or rain
4.) sock it to sb
old-fashioned to tell someone to do something in a direct and forceful way
sock away [sock sth<=>away] phr v
AmE to save money by putting it in a safe place
Roger socked away more than $1 million a year.

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