1. UK Und. uses, in senses of using a lit. or fig. hook.
(a) [early 17C–19C] to steal, to pilfer, esp. by cutting a hole in a shop window and ‘fishing’ for its contents with a hook on a string.
(b) [late 18C+] to steal, to rob; to pick a pocket; thus hooked adj., stolen.
2. in senses of SE hook, to ensnare.
(a) [18C+] to fool, to practise a confidence trick upon, to swindle.
(b) [early 18C+] (US) to arrest, to catch in a crime.
(c) [early 19C+] to attract, esp. into marriage.
(d) [late 19C+] to attract, to catch the eye of.
(e) [20C+] to (over)charge.
(f) [1920s+] (drugs) to make someone addicted to drugs.
(g) [1990s+] (US black) to cost.
3. (also hook it) in senses of SE hook, move with a sudden twist or turn.
(a) [mid-18C+] to run off, to escape.
(b) [mid-19C+] to go about one’s own business.
(c) [20C+] (US) to play truant.
4. in senses of grabbing or grasping.
(a) [1930s+] (US, orig. tramp) to steal a ride on a train or other vehicle, to hitchhike.
(b) [1980s+] to catch a train, a bus etc.
(c) [1980s+] (US campus) to engage in love making.
(d) [1980s+] (US black) to search for.
(e) [1990s+] (US campus) to help.
(f) [1990s+] (US drugs) to find or obtain something.
5. [1950s] (drugs) to inject narcotics.
the criminal world of thieving, confidence trickery etc.
1. [19C+] (US) to get introduced to or put in touch with, to entice.
2. [late 19C+] to associate oneself with.
3. [20C+] (Aus./US) to get involved in.
see sense 3 above.
[late 19C–1910s] (US) to play truant.
see separate entries.
1. [1920s+] (Aus./N.Z.) to escape, to run off.
2. [2000s] (N.Z.) to dance with someone.
1. [1900s] (US) to enter into a relationship, e.g. marriage.
2. [1910s] (US) to become involved in, e.g. an argument.
3. to meet.
4. (US drugs) to establish a professional relationship with.
1. [mid-19C–1940s] engaging in theft.
2. [1900s–40s] (US) playing truant.
3. see hooked adj.2
1. [late 19C] under control.
2. [1950s–70s] in debt to, whether actual or fig.; under the influence of.
SE in slang uses
[1960s] to swallow, usu. in the context of drugs.
1. [1990s+] (US) to finish, to bring to a conclusion.
2. see hook up (with) v. (13)
1. [mid-19C+] to attach oneself to someone, to follow about.
2. [20C+] to discover.
see hook up (with) v.
see separate entries.