[Ads-l] "sock it to"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 5 12:39:09 UTC 2021

OED: 1877

1848 Milwaukee Sentinel (June 5) 2 [quoting Chicago Advertiser]: Why if
you tax one you ought to tax both. Sock it to 'em! They charge too much for
flour any how.

1855 Shasta [Calif.] Courier (June 23) 2: We intend to 'sock' it to you.

And "sock it to me" (i.e., "let me have it!"):

1878 Chicago Daily News (June 6) 1: God! but how he'll sock it to me when I
go up for trial!

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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