sock somebody on the shoulder

Discussion in 'English Only' started by modroocko, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. modroocko New Member

    I need your help. I don't understand this sentence: She socked him on the shoulder...
    Can you please explain what she did to him?

    Here is more context, hope it's sufficient. It's in the historical romance novel based in Regency England.

    Although they did not speak of it, Margaret knew her young
    brother was aware of the tension in the house. She did not want
    him to worry, so she socked him on the shoulder on his way out the
    door, as any good sister would.

    (He was leaving home for school and Margaret was saying him goodbye...)

    Thank you very much. I appreciate your help.
  2. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    "sock" is slang for "punch" somebody.
  3. modroocko New Member

    I just found unlikely that the upper class girl in 1815 would punch her brother when escorting him to the carriage.
    Or do you think it possible?
    Thank you.
  4. Glenfarclas Senior Member

    English (American)
    Whether it's a good depiction of sibling relations two centuries ago, I don't know. That's definitely what the book says, though.

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