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hook

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.

hook down

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.
See also: down, hook

hook in

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.
See also: hook

hook in(to something)

To connect or link to something. I bet those guys next door illegally hooked into our cable.
See also: hook

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 on

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.
See also: hook, on

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 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!
See also: hook, up

hooked

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.
See also: hooked, on
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.
See also: hook

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.
See also: hook, on

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.
See also: hook, up

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.
See also: hook, up

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.
See also: down, hook

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.
See also: hook, on

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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 it

run away. British informal
See also: hook
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hook up

v.
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
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.

hook

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.

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

verb

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

hooked

verb
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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As in past studies of students more generally, we found that new students who hooked up had more sexually permissive attitudes (e.g., Paul et al., 2000) and perceived hooking up to be more common on campus (e.g., Lambert et al., 2003).
Indeed, "tufted is definitely a much stronger category than hooked," but hooked rug sales continue to grow, said Ali Momeni, vice president of production and merchandising for Momeni, an importer.
If you're anchored and trying to get a bait to swim down to bring up the cobia or amberjack, a grunt or pinfish hooked ahead of the dorsal should get the job done.
For hook-up and retention data, we used binomial GLMs to represent the conditional nature of the hook-up and retention processes (e.g., the number of fish that hooked up in a given trip was conditional on the number that struck).
Another current fashion in hooked rugs is the Provence look, as well as nature-inspired designs in general, such as garden themes and florals.
Although the company carries wool and cotton hand-hooked rugs, buyers' interest in traditional Chinese hooked accent rugs has tapered off, so the wholesaler is concentrating on its cotton collection, according to Karen Townsend, design director.
"There are a lot of wonderful designs out there in hooked rugs -- and what is selling particularly well for us are micro-hook designs," said Alex Kimia, senior executive vice president of ABC Carpet & Home.
That, vendors say, is in turn attracting new customers who might not otherwise have considered a hooked rug as a purchase for their home.
Angling Research--Researchers evaluated short-term mortality of bluegills that were deeply hooked on various hook styles and sizes.* They implanted hooks in the esophagus of bluegills and compared sizes #8 and #12 and three hook styles: single egg (Gamakatsu GAM-00552), Aberdeen (Mustad 3260b), and baitholder (Mustad 92681).
NEW YORK-In today's burgeoning area rug market, consumers are hooked on many types of rugs -- and especially on hand-hooked styles, which by all accounts are enjoying healthy sales in the marketplace.
Hooking mortality was highest for fish that bled heavily and were deeply hooked. At a water temperature of 77[degrees]F, it was predicted that mortality of shallow-hooked fish with little bleeding was 7.6 percent and 29 percent for deeply hooked or heavily bleeding fish.
The new law's intent, apparently, is to protect reef fish from being gut hooked by J hooks.
Import companies have extensive wool hooked lines featuring bright, colorful patterns, often with flowers, animals, and generally fun, casual motifs.
Applied Research--Previous studies dealing with releasing deeply hooked fish have focused on removing hooks versus leaving them in.
Circle hooks are designed to keep fish from being gut hooked. The point of the hook is turned back toward the shank so that it can slide past soft tissue, but when it tries to exit the way it came in, the angle of the pull directs the point right into the corner of the jaw.