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Re: Hosed

Posted by ESC on January 04, 2007

In Reply to: Hosed posted by Mandy on January 04, 2007

: "I got hosed"- negative meaning, as in the short end of the stick. Origin???

One reference has "hosed" under "The Slang Yack of the Computer Hack" and says it means "nonfunctioning." "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996) Page 196. Doesn't say anything about the origin.

Hosed-out -- adj. exhausted by fatigue; washed out. 1969, Jessup, "Sailor" 298: Never seen a crew hosed out like them. "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 2, H-O, by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1997." Page 167.