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Topic: CLOTHES

Sense: 1,3-4
Origin: Old English socc, from Latin soccus 'light shoe'
Sense: 2,5
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: SOCK2

sock

1 noun
     
sock
sock1 S3 [countable]
1DCC a piece of clothing made of soft material that you wear on your foot inside your shoe:
white ankle socks
2

knock/blow somebody's socks off

informal to surprise and excite someone very much:
a new band that will knock your socks off
3

pull your socks up

informal especially British English to make an effort to improve your behaviour or your work:
If they want promotion, United have got to pull their socks up.
4

put a sock in it

informal used to tell someone in a joking way to stop talking or making a noise
5 informal a hard hit, especially with your hand closed:
Larry gave him a sock on the arm.
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