Meaning of SOCK in English

I. sock 1 S3 /sɒk $ sɑːk/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Sense 1,3-4: Language: Old English ; Origin: socc , from Latin soccus 'light shoe' ]

[ Sense 2,5: Date: 1600-1700 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ sock 2 ]

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 especially British English informal 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.

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■ phrases

▪ a pair of socks

He had a spare pair of socks in his gym bag.

▪ shoes and socks

We took off our shoes and socks and waded in the stream.


▪ ankle/knee socks

The girls wore navy dresses and white ankle socks.

▪ thick socks

Wear thick socks and boots.

▪ woollen/cotton/nylon socks

Cotton socks are better for your feet.

▪ odd socks (=socks that are not a pair)

He was wearing odd socks – one blue one and one black one.

■ verbs

▪ wear socks

He always wore red socks.

▪ put your socks on

She sat on the bed beside him, putting on her socks.

▪ take your socks off

My feet got so hot and sweaty I took my trainers and socks off.

II. sock 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ 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 ⇨ ↑ sock 1 ]

1 . informal to hit someone very hard, especially with your hand closed SYN 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 somebody with something

I got socked with a big car repair bill.

3 . be socked in American English 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 somebody old-fashioned to tell someone to do something in a direct and forceful way

sock something ↔ away phrasal verb

American English to save money by putting it in a safe place:

Roger socked away more than $1 million a year.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.