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1. A garment that covers the foot and part of the leg usually made of cotton or wool and worn for warmth or for protection from abrasion from a shoe or boot.
2. Meteorology A windsock.
a. A light shoe worn by comic actors in ancient Greek and Roman plays.
b. Comic drama; comedy: "He ... knew all niceties of the sock and buskin" (Byron).
tr.v. socked, sock·ing, socksPhrasal Verbs:
To provide with socks.
sock away Informal
To put (money) away in a safe place for future use.
To cause to be closed to traffic, as by reducing visibility or physically impeding passage: fog that socked in the airport; ice that socked in the harbor.
[Middle English socke, from Old English socc, a kind of light shoe, from Latin soccus, possibly from Greek sunkhis, sukkhos, Phrygian shoe.]
v. socked, sock·ing, socks
To hit or strike forcefully; punch.
To deliver a blow.
A hard blow or punch.
sock it to (someone) Slang
To deliver a forceful comment, reprimand, or physical blow to someone else.
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