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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

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.
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Further, society's favorable view toward male engagement in hookups is related to high levels of self-esteem and confidence for males.
At the start of college, I reluctantly assimilated into the established hookup culture, in spite of the fact that I yearned for a passionate and intimate romantic relationship.
This has led to a host of challenges that tend to be exacerbated by hookup culture, high-speed yet casual communication, and dating apps.
It's tempting to compare the Zero TV movement to the "kill your TV" crusades that pop up from time to time, but the people who are abandoning or eschewing traditional TV hookups aren't blaming the messenger, as that earlier movement attempts to do.
Predictors and consequences of sexual "hookups" among college students: A short-term prospective study.
Those seeking married hookups were found to report significantly higher percentages of being drug and disease free compared to those seekers without a specified marital status for the hookup (45.8 percent versus 23.0 percent, p < 0.001 respectively).
Previous approvals for a sewer hookup and a sewer extension raised concerns by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, which claims the town is exceeding its sewage flow allotment.
It was through MAG-26 that VAQ-141 was able to obtain UHF and VHF radios, and necessary telephone and computer hookups.
Credit consolidation in the cable industry and in-creased competition from telephone companies for The speedy transition to speedier hookups
The park has 29 campsites (2( with a RV hookups), rest rooms, showers, and a dump station.
Summary: Washington DC [USA], Dec 3 (ANI): Turns out, casual sex and hookups are not just about meaningless physical activity, but a source of intimacy.
Students are acutely aware of the differences between hookups and relationships, regardless of the terminology they use to describe their activities.
Although students in the survey tended to be vague when they defined hookups, hookup culture, as Freitas explains, includes vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Scannell, acting director for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection, ordered the town to halt all sewer extensions and hookups, with the exception of emergency connections because the town's flow into the sewer line exceeds its allotment.