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hook up

1. 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 and tow it home.
2. 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. To spend time with someone. I hope we'll be able to hook up for coffee or something while you're home for Christmas break.
4. 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. To get married. Do you guys ever plan to hook up after dating for so long?
6. To be romantically involved with someone. No, we never hooked up—we're just friends.
7. slang To have casual sex with someone. I can't believe you hooked up with my ex-boyfriend!
8. 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.
9. noun, slang Someone that one has had a casual sexual encounter with. In this usage, the phrase is often written as one word ("hookup"). He was just a hookup—we're not dating or anything.
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.
See also: hook, up
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The pair who hooked up follow rigid rules, avoiding each other to prove the hookup was meaningless.
In the 1980s and '90s, according to Freitas, the hookup was just one of many ways of socializing on college campuses.
Twenty-one percent (n = 6) reported the hookup took place after just "hanging out" with their potential partner (but NOT a date) at a Home/Apartment.
In fact, alcohol was involved in over a third of the hookup cases.
Searching for MSM via the Internet allows for quick and easy cruising with less risk of getting caught than conventional cruising, although there are still risks for married men regardless of the hookup medium used.
Indeed, you would have two amps in series feeding the subwoofer driver, and so the result would be no better than what you would get with the hookup I mentioned at the very beginning.
negotiators on Japan's basic stances, including a possible revision to the hookup fee calculation formula, ministry officials said.
Robinson sued, saying the company would use state water to serve the club house and homes, but did not want to pay the hookup fee for the golf courses because they would be irrigated with well water.
Similarly, media in Iraq will watch the broadcast and speak to the soldiers selected to participate in the hookup.
Robinson, whose company also is challenging the hookup fees in a lawsuit, said negotiations are continuing with the agency to bring down the costs of piping state water to the homes and club surrounding the new pair of golf courses.
has completed the hookup of 2 Wells to the new three phase pipeline gathering system in the Cessford Alberta Area.
I'd experienced the hookup and initial run on two prior trips, but never saw yellow; both fish rocked me.
In connection with the hookup of the 1999 Triggerfish discovery, production from the C and CA platforms was shut-in to install new production vessels and crew quarters on the CA platform as well as to structurally upgrade the platform that handles much of the oil production from the field.
The hookup fee is assessed one time per structure, and is not reassessed when a building changes ownership.