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1. noun, slang A means of captivating or attracting others, especially a potential customer or consumer; a gimmick. The movie's hook at the time was its incredible computer-generated graphics. Unfortunately, the visual effects look pretty laughable by today's standards. You've always got to have a hook when you're trying to sell something.
2. verb, slang To attract (someone). The company offers a huge range of benefits in order to hook the most talented people in the industry.
3. verb, slang To captivate (someone). Her latest novel hooked me from the very first page.
4. verb, informal To addict (someone). He got hooked on heroin in college.
5. verb, informal To prostitute oneself. It's not uncommon to see women hooking in this area at night.
1. To use a hook to secure or fasten something in place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hook" and "down." We need something to hook down the tarp—otherwise, it'll blow away in this wind.
2. To swallow something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hook" and "down." With this sore throat, it takes me a while to hook down my meds.
To attract the attention of someone and make them want to purchase or experience something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hook" and "in." The film series hooks its viewers in with its gorgeous effects and design, but it also has an incredibly engaging and emotionally complex story that keeps you invested. A huge number of restaurants in this part of town try to hook in customers with cheap food and bright, gaudy lights.
hook in(to something)
To connect or link to something. I bet those guys next door illegally hooked into our cable.
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?
1. To use a hook to fasten something to someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hook" and "on." Can you use this to hook on the tarp?
2. To cause someone or oneself to become addicted to a particular substance. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hook" and "on." Please don't give the kids any soda—I don't want them hooked on caffeine at such a young age. I have no interest in hooking myself on drugs, thank you very much.
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.
hook up with (someone)
1. slang To meet with or join someone. I'm running late, so I'll just hook up with you guys there.
2. slang To work together with someone. Yeah, but if you hooked up with Joe, you guys could pool your resources and really get some stuff done in this town.
3. slang To have a casual sexual encounter with someone. I can't believe you hooked up with my ex-boyfriend!
1. slang Addicted to a particular substance or activity. Yeah, I used to be hooked, but my gambling days are long behind me. I've smoked pot before, but I'm not hooked or anything.
2. slang Very interested in or infatuated with someone or something; constantly desiring more of or more time with someone or something. I never thought I'd like a show like "Game of Thrones," but I just finished the first season and I'm hooked. Oh, Dave's eyes light up whenever you're around—he's definitely hooked. The new bakery in town makes these amazing cupcakes, and I'm totally hooked.
hooked on (someone or something)
1. slang Addicted to a particular substance or activity. Please don't give the kids any soda—I don't want them hooked on caffeine at such a young age. I've smoked pot before, but I'm not hooked on it or anything. Yeah, I used to be hooked on gambling, but those days are long behind me.
2. slang Very interested in or infatuated with someone or something; constantly desiring more of or more time with someone or something. I never thought I'd like a show like "Game of Thrones," but I'm totally hooked on it now that I've seen the first season. Oh, Dave's definitely hooked on you—his eyes light up whenever you're around. I'm totally hooked on these cupcakes from the new bakery in town.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
hook in (to something)
to connect into something. We will hook into the water main tomorrow morning. We dug the pipes up and hooked in.
hook someone on something
Fig. to addict someone to a drug or alcohol. Careful, or you'll hook yourself on those tranquilizers. Some friend at school hooked Roger on dope. Sharon has hooked herself on cocaine.
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.
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.
hook something down
1. Lit. to attach something and hold it down with a hook. Please hook the lid down so it doesn't fall off. Please hook down the lid.
2. Sl. to toss something down to someone. Hook another can of beer down to me, will you? Hook down another can of beer.
3. Sl. to eat something quickly; to gobble something up. Wally hooked the first hamburger down and ordered another. He hooked down two more burgers in a few minutes.
hook something on (to someone or something)and hook something on
to attach something to someone or something by a hook. Hook this sign on her and let her walk around advertising our play. Hook on the sign and hope that it stays. Hook it onto the tree carefully.
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
hook itrun away. British informal
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. tv. to cheat someone. Watch the clerk in that store. He might try to hook you.
2. tv. to steal something. Lefty hooked a couple of candy bars just for the hell of it.
3. tv. to addict someone (to something). (Not necessarily drugs.) The constant use of bicarb hooked him to the stuff.
4. n. the grade of C. I didn’t study at all and I still got a hook!
5. tv. to earn or pull the grade of C on something in school. History? I hooked it without any trouble.
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.
hooked (on someone/something)
mod. preferring someone or something; enamored of someone or something. I’m really hooked on chocolate anything.
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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.