1. a blow.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Tip, Tip the Culls a Sock, for they are sawcy, Knock down the Men for resisting.|
|Life and Character of Moll King 12: My Blos has nailed me of mine [handkerchief]; but I shall catch her at Maddox’s Gin-Ken [...] and if she has morric’d it, Knocks and Socks, Thumps and Pumps, shall attend the Froe-File Buttocking B---h.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Zoc, or soc, a blow.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 217: He got away [...] and shook me up with a sock on the jaw.‘Corkscrew’|
|Mystery Mile (1982) 330: I ain’t ’ad ’arf a sock on the ’ead.|
|Texas Stories (1995) 64: He jest wanted a sock — an’ ain’t that jest what I given him?‘A Place to Lie Down’ in|
|Magic Comic 16 Sept. n.p.: Watch out, bad lad! You’re in for socks.|
|Amboy Dukes 36: He didn’t even get a sock in.|
|USA Confidential 8: She tried to take a sock at Mortimer.|
|I Love You Honey, But the Season’s Over 101: Dempsey took a sock at a fitter who told her that her hips were too big.|
|Dead Butler Caper 93: How would you like a sock on the jaw, what?|
2. attrib. use of sense 1, pertaining to fighting.
|Fight Stories Jan. [Internet] Then he developed a sock appeal that [...] made him the champion of the Great Lakes.‘Sinbad the Sailor’ in|
3. a shock.
|Gem 6 Feb. 26: That battery up there has been givin’ us socks!|
|Marvel 1 Mar. 6: I thought if I could borrow the stuff and we made up as fruity Zanitis we might give Dimcox socks.|
|N.Z. Truth 14 Nov. 6/5: Our girls don’t mind a bit if we give ’em socks.|
4. (US) a thrill, excitement, a ‘kick’.
|On Broadway 3 Sept. [synd. col.] Lots of those books by foreign correspondents have been robbed of their sock by the Soviet-Nazi nuptials.|
5. in show business, a success.
|Hollywood Girl 30: You can see it’s got a lot of good commercial things in it. Part of My Man which was a big sock.|
|Pal Joey 65: I was a sock the last 2 rooms I worked.|
|My Friend Irma I i: Are you kidding? When I got a sock, a smasheroo like this on my hands?|
6. (US) marijuana, a marijuana cigarette.
|Web of the City (1983) 37: Rusty picked up the dark cigarette [...] ‘Pyeew . . . how much?’ Fish held up one finger [...] A buck or no sock.|
to beat (someone).
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 240: ‘Give him sock,’ i.e., thrash him well.|
|Liza of Lambeth (1966) 103: Your missus – she says she’s goin’ ter give me socks if she catches me.|
|Sporting Times 24 Mar. 1/1: Now that our troops have given the Dutch socks, might not the War Office give them boots?|
|Magnet 10 Sept. 13: By George, I’ll give ’em socks!|
|The Great Push 107: Come on! Come out of it! We’ll give the swine socks!|
|Marvel 3 Mar. 5: Lam him! Give him socks!|