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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 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.
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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]
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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.
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Granted, the problems of hookup culture are not going away anytime soon.
Based on the above, three factors stand out: time invested in the hookup partner, resource exchange, and the behavior setting.
Other information, such as if the seeker wanted to use a condom during the encounter, the time frame the seeker preferred the encounter to occur (morning, lunch, afternoon, evening, late night), and the marital status of the seeker as well as for the hookup were also found in some advertisements.
One disadvantage of the LFE hookup is that the midrange driver section of the LSi25 is already high-pass filtered at 80 Hz.
In the 1980s and '90s, according to Freitas, the hookup was just one of many ways of socializing on college campuses.
To continually do it (approve hookup applications) again and again, we might as well not even send the letter to Scannell.
1990-97: Eugene connects about 8,000 homes to the sewer system, assessing connection fees to homeowners; does not require annexation with sewer hookups.
Given the potential for negative emotional and physical health outcomes as a result of sexual hookups, including unplanned pregnancy and depression, it is important to identify the factors that influence hookup behavior," lead author Robyn L.
The nine tracks offer fine studio-quality production and lyrics that beg for repeated listenings, whether it's to catch the humor ("Flirt," "Boys"), to find a deeper meaning ("If You Only"), or to follow the odd story of a queer sci-fi interspecies hookup ("Neon Blue," one of the weaker tracks).
Available in a high or low hookup and in both hard and soft cups, this new line of straps promises superior comfort and protection.
Donna Freitas' new book 'The End of Sex-How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy,' said that "amid the seemingly endless partying lies a thick layer of melancholy, insecurity and isolation that no one can seem to shake.