hook on(redirected from hooked them 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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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 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 oneself on someone or something
Fig. to become enamored of someone or something. I'm afraid I've hooked myself on Alice. He hooked himself on Bach organ music.
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.
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.
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