7 idioms with HOOK

7 idioms with HOOK Espresso English

This is a literal hook.

off the hook

1. Freed from an obligation

  • “I was going to give a class on Saturday, but they found another teacher to do it, so I’m off the hook.”

2. (Slang) Really great, really awesome

  • “That party was off the hook!”

hooked on something

Addicted to something – it could be a good thing (like a sport) or a bad thing (like drugs).

  • My son is completely hooked on video games. He plays them around five hours a day.

hook something up

Attach or connect something – usually a computer or machine.

  • I need to hook my printer up to my computer.

hook someone up with something

Help someone get what they are looking for

  • If you want to go to the concert, talk to Jerry – he can hook you up with tickets.

hook up with someone

Slang: This can mean kissing someone passionately or having casual sex.

  • He was so drunk that he can’t even remember the name of the girl he hooked up with last night.

phone ringing off the hook

Slang: If the telephone is “ringing off the hook,” it means it is ringing constantly.

  • It was a really busy day at work – the telephone was ringing off the hook!

swallowed it hook, line, and sinker

Slang: To believe something completely – usually something that is not true.

  • When I got back late from the party, I told my mom I had been studying for a final exam at a friend’s house. She swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.


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