Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sock n.1

1. credit; esp. as on sock, on credit.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]Sl. Dict.

2. a farthing.

[UK]T. Shadwell 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.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Sock c. a Pocket [...] Not a Rag in my Sock, c. I han’t a Farthing in my Pocket.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.

4. anything used a receptacle for money, e.g. a wallet, a purse.

[Aus]E. Dyson ‘On a Bender’ in 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.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 414: Pocketbook. Purse, poke, leather, sock.
[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl. 69: sock, n. Any place where one keeps money.
[US] ‘“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.

[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 176: Sock.–The pocket or bank-roll.
[US]D. Lamson We Who Are About to Die 193: They got about nine grand in the sock up in their walk-up.
[US]W.R. Burnett Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 137: Quigley lost a big sock horse-gambling.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 61: That’s what marriage without a sock in the bank would mean.
[Aus]D. Cusack 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].

[UK]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

In phrases

— one’s socks off (v.) (also — the socks off)

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.

[UK]A. Bleasdale 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’.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 90: He nearly had me sobbing my socks off again about the bad old days.
[US]J. Stahl ‘Pure’ in Love Without 158: ‘Said he was a “dok-tor”,’ the pastor giggled. This tickled the socks off him.
[UK]BBC World Service Sports Hour 13 Feb. [radio] He’s working his socks off there.
put a sock in it (v.) (also put a bag in it, shove a sock in it, stick..., stuff...) [it gags the mouth]

to stop talking, to be quiet; esp. as imper. put a sock in it!

[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: Sock In It (Put a). Form of request to make less noise.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 46: Seaton, with puckered painful forehead, begged him to put a sock in it.
[UK](con. WW1) P. MacDonald Patrol 165: ‘Put a bag in it. Make more row’n a Band of Hope outin’’.
[UK]M. Marshall Tramp-Royal on the Toby 148: He tells us tall yarns [...] till we have to request him to put a sock in it.
[UK]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’.
[UK](con. 1912) B. Marshall George Brown’s Schooldays 87: Oh, shove a sock in it, please do.
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 131: Macauley told him tersely to put a sock in it.
[Aus]J. Hibberd Dimboola (2000) 94: Put a sock in it, ferret-face!
[Aus]D. Maitland Breaking Out 293: You can stick a bloody sock in it and sit down too!
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘Christmas Crackers’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Now put a sock in it for ’arf hour or so will you?
[UK]S. Armitage ‘D-notice’ in Dead Sea Poems 30: Clamp the jaw, put / a sock and not a foot in it.
[US]R. Campbell Wizard of La-La Land (1999) 234: Oh, stuff a sock in it, will you?
[US]J. Lethem Fortress of Solitude 430: ‘Stand out for search,’ said Carroll. ‘What up, man?’ ‘Put a sock in it and stand out.’.
[UK]S. Kelman Pigeon English 220: Put a sock in it, Connor.
something in socks (n.)

a bachelor, a single man, supposedly what ‘every woman wants’.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 1113/2: [...] since ca. 1910.