1. credit; esp. as on sock, on credit.
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
2. a farthing.
|Squire of Alsatia I i: I went up to the Gaming Ordinary and lost all my Ready; they left me not a rag or sock.|
3. a pocket.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Sock c. a Pocket [...] Not a Rag in my Sock, c. I han’t a Farthing in my Pocket.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Life and Adventures.|
4. anything used a receptacle for money, e.g. a wallet, a purse.
|Benno and Some of the Push 79: The lady ’elp asked [...] if the legal infant ’ad the price iv the drinks he’d ordered in his sock.‘On a Bender’ in|
|Keys to Crookdom 414: Pocketbook. Purse, poke, leather, sock.|
|Und. and Prison Sl. 69: sock, n. Any place where one keeps money.|
|‘“Ace” and its Progeny’ in AS XVIII:1 Feb. 71/2: ace-in-the-sock. An emergency or reserve fund or supply of money.|
5. the store of money itself, as hidden away in a bag, safe etc; a sum of money.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 176: Sock.–The pocket or bank-roll.|
|We Who Are About to Die 193: They got about nine grand in the sock up in their walk-up.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 137: Quigley lost a big sock horse-gambling.|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 61: That’s what marriage without a sock in the bank would mean.|
|Caddie 263: I had a tidy little sock in the bank.|
6. a filthy, messy room, i.e. as used by a student, young man etc. [coined by UK novelist Martin Amis (b.1949) and enjoyed brief popularity].
|Observer Rev. 24 June 3: You’ve got to have somewhere you can go and hide, your own ’sock’ as Martin Amis said.|
SE in slang uses
see bet one’s boots under bet v.
used as an intensifier, e.g. blow the socks off v.; knock the socks off under knock v.; lick the socks off under lick v.1 ; rot someone’s socks off under rot v.; see also synons. at fuck v., pop v.1 (1), screw v.
|Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed 22: All the drunks laughin’ their socks off, shoutin’ pissed-up things like, ‘Watch out, there’s danger about’.|
|Birthday 90: He nearly had me sobbing my socks off again about the bad old days.|
|Love Without 158: ‘Said he was a “dok-tor”,’ the pastor giggled. This tickled the socks off him.‘Pure’ in|
|BBC World Service Sports Hour 13 Feb. [radio] He’s working his socks off there.|
to stop talking, to be quiet; esp. as imper. put a sock in it!
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: Sock In It (Put a). Form of request to make less noise.|
|Mint (1955) 46: Seaton, with puckered painful forehead, begged him to put a sock in it.|
|(con. WW1) Patrol 165: ‘Put a bag in it. Make more row’n a Band of Hope outin’’.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 148: He tells us tall yarns [...] till we have to request him to put a sock in it.|
|Eve. Teleg. (Angus, Scot.) 3 Oct. 1/2: When ordered to stand to attention [...] Winter said:— ‘I will do that when I consider it necessary, Put a sock in it’.|
|(con. 1912) George Brown’s Schooldays 87: Oh, shove a sock in it, please do.|
|Shiralee 131: Macauley told him tersely to put a sock in it.|
|Dimboola (2000) 94: Put a sock in it, ferret-face!|
|Breaking Out 293: You can stick a bloody sock in it and sit down too!|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Now put a sock in it for ’arf hour or so will you?‘Christmas Crackers’|
|Dead Sea Poems 30: Clamp the jaw, put / a sock and not a foot in it.‘D-notice’ in|
|Wizard of La-La Land (1999) 234: Oh, stuff a sock in it, will you?|
|Fortress of Solitude 430: ‘Stand out for search,’ said Carroll. ‘What up, man?’ ‘Put a sock in it and stand out.’.|
|Pigeon English 220: Put a sock in it, Connor.|
a bachelor, a single man, supposedly what ‘every woman wants’.
|DSUE (1984) 1113/2: [...] since ca. 1910.|