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hook up

1. verb To connect two things. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hook" and "up." We can hook up your car to my truck to try to jumpstart it.
2. verb To set up an electronic device or system. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hook" and "up." Can you hook up my TV before you leave?
3. verb To meet with someone in order to spend time with them. I hope we'll be able to hook up for coffee or something while you're home for Christmas break.
4. verb To arrange a date for two people. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hook" and "up." Oh, I've been trying to hook Carmen and Bill up for years—I think they'd be great together!
5. verb To get married. Do you guys ever plan to hook up after dating for so long?
6. verb To be romantically involved with someone. No, we never hooked up—we're just friends.
7. verb, slang To kiss. I heard Jenny hooked up with Brian. Did you two hook up yet?
8. verb, slang To have a casual sexual encounter. I can't believe you hooked up with my ex-boyfriend!
9. noun, slang A casual sexual encounter. In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word ("hookup"). It was just a hookup—we're not dating or anything.
10. noun, slang Someone with whom one has had a casual sexual encounter. In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word ("hookup"). He was just a hookup—we're not dating or anything. I honestly don't remember—it's not like I keep a list of my hookups or something.
See also: hook, up

hook it

1. To flee or run away. This usage is primarily heard in the UK. We hooked it when we heard police sirens advancing.
2. To solicit and accept a car ride from someone, usually a stranger; to hitchhike. The phrase refers to the thumb (used to attract a passing driver's attention) as a "hook." If the bus isn't running today, what are we going to do, hook it?
See also: hook

hook someone or something up

 (to someone or something) and hook someone or something up (with someone or something)
1. Lit. to attach someone or something to someone or something. The nurse hooked the patient up to the oxygen tubes. They hooked up the patient with the tubes.
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hook someone up (with someone)

Fig. to arrange for someone to go out with someone. I hooked Alice up with Tom last year, and now they're getting married.
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hook something up

to set something up and get it working. (The object is to be connected to a power supply, electronic network, telephone lines, etc.) Will it take long to hook the telephone up? As soon as they hook up the computer to the network, I can e-mail my friends.
See also: hook, up

hooked on something

1. Fig. addicted to a drug or something similar. Jenny is hooked on cocaine. She was not hooked on anything before that.
2. Fig. enthusiastic about something; supportive of something. Mary is hooked on football. She never misses a game. Jane is so happy! She's hooked on life.
See also: hooked, on

hook up

1. Assemble or wire a mechanism, as in Dick helped us hook up the stereo system. [1920s]
2. Connect a mechanism with a main source, as in The computer had not yet been hooked up to the mainframe. [1920s]
3. hook up with. Form a tie or association, as in She had hooked up with the wrong crowd. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: hook, up

hook it

run away. British informal
See also: hook

hook up

1. To connect or attach something to something else: We'll hook up these shelves to that wall. The plumber hooked the pipes up to the shower.
2. To assemble or wire up some mechanism: Could you help me hook up my stereo? Someone from the cable company stopped by to hook the television up.
3. To meet or associate with someone: We agreed to hook up after class. He hooked up with the wrong crowd.
4. Slang To get married: We finally hooked up after five years of living together.
5. Slang To become romantically involved with someone: I joined the dating service to try to hook up with someone.
6. Vulgar Slang To become sexually involved with someone.
See also: hook, up

hook it

tv. to get a ride by hitchhiking. (The hook is the thumb. Compare to foot it.) My car broke down and I had to hook it home.
See also: hook

hooked (on someone/something)

mod. preferring someone or something; enamored of someone or something. I’m really hooked on chocolate anything.
See also: hooked, on, someone, something



hooked (on something)

1. mod. cheated. I really got hooked on this travel deal.
2. mod. addicted (to a drug). Gert is hooked on horse.
See also: hooked, on, something


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The present results suggest that although similar proportions of women and men hooked up, women were disproportionately affected by the potential for a negative social reputation as well as the actual experience of unwanted, possibly coercive sex.
Out of our seven hooked lines, three collections are very popular for us because they have a different look," he said.
If fishermen are interested in releasing dolphinfish, our results provide evidence that released fish are not hooked as deeply and thus have a higher likelihood of survival if circle hooks are used.
Homefires offers hooked accent rugs in wool, cotton and acrylic, retailing from $60 to $88 for the 30-by-33-inch size.
The company also introduced brightly colored, shaped hooked rugs, made of acrylic, that will retail for $29.
He also likes other Nourison patterns, as well as the micro-hooks from Momeni, and he is excited about new wool and silk hooked rugs that have been introduced but are not yet in the store.
Another appealing factor of the more densely hooked rugs is their practicality, Peykar added.
But in general, the hooked rugs offer a greater perceived value because they are handmade.
Applied Research--Previous studies dealing with releasing deeply hooked fish have focused on removing hooks versus leaving them in.
The new law's intent, apparently, is to protect reef fish from being gut hooked by J hooks.
Circle hooks are designed to keep fish from being gut hooked.
Import companies have extensive wool hooked lines featuring bright, colorful patterns, often with flowers, animals, and generally fun, casual motifs.