1. to hit, to punch; thus sock into/up v., to assault, to beat.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Sock [...] to Beat [...] I’ll Sock ye, c. I’ll Drub ye tightly.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 240: ‘sock into him’ i.e., give him a good drubbing.|
|School-Life at Winchester College (1870) 234: Sock – To hit hard at cricket.|
|Texas Cow Boy (1950) 54: I socked spurs to my pony.|
|Marvel XIII:323 Jan. 10: Well, sock him, Jack! Go for him.|
|Life In Sing Sing 252: Sock. To assault.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 22 May 2nd sect. 10/3: He socked the ancient (and greatest gladiator of his day) in the vicinity of his bingie, causing him [...] to grunt audibly. Tommy is a man who shows little chivalry.|
|Marvel 3 Mar. 15: Sock him! [...] Lam in like mad!|
|Little Caesar (1932) 85: You ain’t sore at me because I socked you, are you?|
|‘Snowbound’ in Gangster Stories Oct. n.p.: ‘Sock him once, Francis [...] and toss the rat out into the alley’.|
|Night and the City 124: You shove off, or I’ll sock yer.|
|Let Us Be Glum (1941) 14: Sock the Wops and knock their blocks / Sock the Wop until he crocks.|
|Of Love And Hunger 49: Banged the door on me she did. The bitch, I could’ve socked her.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 47: Then I tried to sock him, with all my might, right smack in the toothbrush.|
|Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 85: Gloria nearly socked her.|
|Sun. Times Mag. 16 Sept. 44: Stop calling me a Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddamn face.|
|News-Record (Neenah, WI) 22 July 4/3: Kuehne socked a homer to top the offense.|
|Homeboy 8: He [...] started sockin me up.|
|Guardian Rev. 24 Sept. 17: I was too much of a wuss to get up and sock her.|
|Call of the Weird (2006) 164: Why don’t you come here so I can sock you!|
2. (US) to knock someone’s hat over their head.
|Dict. Americanisms 320: to sock. To press by a hard blow a man’s hat over his head and face. Used in Rhode Island. I have never heard it elsewhere. The New York term is, to crown.|
3. (US) to throw.
|Western Wilds 37: They put me in jail – socked me right in with them two Hodges.|
|Saddle and Mocassin 145: They came near to socking him in the cooler the other day.|
4. (US) to pay; to treat someone to something.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Scarlet City 77: I must sock you and Larkhall at Bryan’s.|
|Bulletin Reciter 1880–1901 181: Den I socked me bit upon ’er— / Ev’ry tray-bit I could bring.|
|Life In Sing Sing 252: Sock. to pledge.|
|Handful of Dust 80: ‘Oh come on,’ said Brenda, ‘I’ll sock you a movie.’.|
|Queer Street 300: It wouldn’t occur to a single / One of them [...] to sock a girl / To a meal once in a way.‘Vilja de Tanquay Exults’ in|
5. to thrust an object.
|Sketches and Eccentricities 93: I socked my knife into the old bear.|
|Journal of the Texian Expedition 321: In popped the corporal [...] with a shoemaker’s awl in his hand, and, not waiting for an explanation, ran furiously at Ike, [...] and ‘socked’ it in the thick of his back ‘smack up to the handle’.|
|N.-Y. Trib. 10 July in Stallman (1966) 7: Sock that pole under the axle and we’ll h’ist ’er up.in|
|Sun (NY) 15 May 17/5: He socked a good, stiff load o’ that in his gun and come out on the front stoop.|
|Sun (NY) 15 May 17/5: I socked a handful o’ lead in [the bear] as he was sneakin’ by my house.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 6 May 3/2: I am told we’re soon to have ’em [i.e. women] / Socked in Parliament as well.|
|‘Oh I Met Miss Malone’ in Immortalia 3: And I laid Miss Malone on a stone; / And when I socked each stroke to her, / You could hear all the dead people moan.|
6. in fig. use, to ‘hit’.
|Mop Fair 88: The speculation into which she has already heroically socked about three thousand pounds.|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 24: Sweet innocence done up in pure white crepe at two-n’-eleven the piece [...] has socked him a few in her time.|
|Chicago May (1929) 209: Burns and Tom Moore were my favourite poets. The one socked Church, State and hypocrites.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 551: I’ll be giving plenty of people who’ve been socked by the depression a chance to keep their heads a little above water.Judgement Day in|
|in Limerick (1953) 129: There was a young Nubian prince / Whose cock would make elephants wince. / Once, while socking the sperm / To a large pachyderm, / He slipped, and he’s not been seen since.|
|Sensualists (1961) 96: He started socking himself with the junk. Mostly heroin or cocaine.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 249: I [...] was called in to sock the deal home.letter 6 Jan. in|
|Breaks 92: I felt socked with its finality.|
|Homeboy 204: What do you think is going to become of the Coldwater Cold Cuts now that you’ve socked their leader [...] in the Hole.|
7. (US) to give.
|Sarjint Larry an’ Frinds 127: Socka me one Sedgwick and water. [Ibid.] 128: Caramaba! [...] what for you no socka me elong proper whisky?|
|Fish Factory 73: He sought the attention of the barman. ‘Sock me with a jug, will you, Alby?’.|
8. (Aus., also sock away, sock back, sock down) to drink (alcohol).
|Bulletin (Sydney) 3 Nov. 28/1: After much buffeting he found himself wedged tight against the dripping counters. ‘Socking another bloke’s beer’ and ‘closing on the change’ were the main charges levelled against him.|
|Euripides Ensign: on Board ‘Euripides’ 2 June I: Is a soldier less a soldier ’Cause he socks a pint of beer? [AND].|
|North. Standard (Darwin, NT) 29 Jan. 2/4: When I get to Hannah I’ll bet a even tanner / That I sock the blooming boose just once again.|
|Serenade (1985) 86: I socked about a pint in the pot.|
|Odd Spot of Bother 96: If I had that kind of money I wouldn’t be socking back gins in a dump like this.|
|White with Wire Wheels (1973) 217: I’ll dash down to the milk bar and sock away a pint or so before I head off to the office.|
|Dimboola (1974) 23: Cheer up Reen, it’ll seem beaut tomorrow. Sock another one down.|
|Dystonia Medical Research Foundation [Internet] I used to sock down a couple glasses of wine and be able to make it through a very short interview.|
|‘Going Straight’ [Internet] I used to sock away some beer or better everyday, and never got fat.|
9. to demand, to extort; to fine; often as sock for.
|Fighting Blood 19: Each one of them babies is socked for a thousand apiece.|
|On Broadway 10 Dec. [synd. col.] Alfred DeLacey [...] was socked $800 and 4-months in the local gaol for peddling [...] ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’.|
|It’s a Racket! 238: sock—To force someone to give up something.|
|‘On Broadway’ 11 Nov. [synd. col.] The passing of the Pari-Mutuel bills socks the phone firm for about a million or so nickels a day.|
|Jimmy Brockett 207: When I get my bus permits through I’ll tell you how much you’ll have to fork out for the shares. I’ve told you I won’t sock you too much.|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 89: They’ll get you for income tax and sock you a hundred quid right off.|
to present, to put forward.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 25 Dec. 1/1: The maligned tide-waiter is preparing to sock in a writ for slander.|
to wager money.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Oct. 24/1: I’d have won £25 on him, and socked it on San Fran.|
see separate entry.
to register on the time clock.
|L.A. Times 24 Mar. II 3/2: SOCK THE CLOCK: Punch a time-clock.|