sock it to v.
1. (also sock it in, sock it into) to hit hard, lit. or fig., e.g. to charge someone a high price.
|Mensalia Mar. 140: ‘Have you any more examinations — hard ones?’ ‘Yes, — and one will Sock it to me, too’.|
|From Antietam to Fort Fisher (1985) 176: Sock it to em, my hardies. [Ibid.] 21/24 July 203: Our motto should be that emphatic though vulgar one of rank and file, ‘sock it to em’.letter 11 May in Longacre|
|Behind the Bars 145: If their liquor don’t set just right, then they sock it to us freed niggers till we can’t stand.|
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 390: A rich man won’t have anything but your very best; and you can just pile it on, too—pile it on and sock it to him.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 26 Oct. 7/3: He couldn’t find much fault [with the painting] but he was afraid if he didn’t the artist would take him for a softy and [...] ‘sock it to him’.|
|How the Other Half Lives 224: The sheeny cum along an’ the saw was there, an’ we socked it to him.|
|S.F. Call 22 Nov. 8/2: ‘Sock it to him!’ ‘Hit him where he lives!’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 19 Mar. 1/1: The Sydneyites socked it into him for an act of gross discourtesy.|
|Moods of Ginger Mick 62: ‘Strike!’ sez ’e. ‘It sounds like skitin’; but they’re singin’ while they’re fightin’; / An’ they socks it into Abdul to the toon o’ “Nancy Lee”.’.‘The Singing Soldiers’ in|
|Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms 🌐 SOCK IT IN—To administer severe punishment.|
|Grapes of Wrath (1951) 57: Get ’em rolling. Get ’em out in a jalopy. Sock it to ’em!|
|Tell Us About the Turkey, Jo 59: The screams . . . the shouting . . . ‘Sock it into ’em’.‘Singing of the Sun’ in|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 116: You’ve got to really sock it to them out there.|
|Swell-Looking Babe 72: I don’t like to [...] wait for old Uncle Whiskers to sock it to me.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 3: Some jive cat really socked it to you.|
|‘Pimp in a Clothing Store’ in Milner & Milner (1972) 286: Young man walked in, Jack, in black on black with a gray tie. Mack hat hanging down, pimp shades sockin’ it to you from the cue view.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 58: Tiffany Charles was a sucker for [...] big sweaty animals that socked it to you and no bullshitting around.|
|Do or Die (1992) 184: The system is really trying to sock it to these kids.|
|Dreamcatcher 29: I kind of socked it to him. He took off like his ass was on fire.|
|Income Investing Secrets 102: Their management expenses are less than mutual funds, but they can sock it to you with their upfront loads and deferred sales charges.|
2. to reprimand.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 15 May 14/3: Umpire Young is working his school discipline in upon the ball players [...] he socked it to Barkley, Carroll and Ramsey April 26.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 119: The Sergeant socked it to the cop for being a pinhead, a lightweight, and an in-and-outer.|
3. in fig. use of to ‘hit’, to play an instrument.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 64: The Howlingest Thing that ever struck this community will sock it to the harpsichord [...] to-night.|
4. an excl. of exhortation.
|DN IV:iv 281: ‘Sock it to him’ Give it to him hard.‘Word-List From Nebraska’ in|
|Pulling a Train’ (2012) [ebook] Sock it to her Artie! Dance, Artie! Go, go, go, go!Bohemia of Arthur Archer’ in|
|🎵 Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me.‘Respect’|
|Third Ear n.p.: sock it to me (him, etc.) an expression urging another to ultimate effort; e.g. Encouraging one’s dancing partner with ‘sock it to me, baby’.|
|Perv (2001) 252: Doobie-doobie-sock-it-to-me!|
|Haunted Castle 90: Way to go, Chintzina! Sock it to ’em!|
5. to cuddle, to embrace.
|Deadly Streets (1983) 183: I danced close to Torchy, sockin’ it to him.‘Made in Heaven’ in|
6. to shock, to surprise; thus excl. sock it to me! amaze me! surprise me!
|Web of Murder (2000) 53: I had socked it to him hard and he sat back looking as though I had struck him.|
|Awopbop. (1970) 90: That’s a groove, that’s nice, baby, ooh, mammy-o, lay it down, sock it to me.|
|Smile Orange I i: Sock it to me sweetness!|
|Guardian Guide 5–11 Feb. 81: Carla socks it to Peter, with the shock revelation that Reese may not even be his son.|
7. to explain.
|Current Sl. III:3 10: Sock it to . . . v. To speak, to tell.|
8. (orig. US black, also sock it into) to have sexual intercourse.
|Cross of Lassitude 103: The oblique and penetrating language of the life. [...] ‘Listen Baby he’s [i.e. a lesbian] only tryin’ to cop. He satisfies her, he’ll sock it to her, but later on she’ll get him when she can.’.|
|Pimp 28: I was frantic to sock ‘it’ into every young girl weak enough to go for it.|
|San Diego Sailor 36: [...] the first time he socked it all the way into me.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 61: How would she like it if she came home and caught me socking it to some inflatable love doll?|
|Lush 116: Nowadays, guys did it to guys, girls did it to girls [...] deacons socked it to choir boys.|