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Posted by Brian from Shawnee on January 04, 2007

In Reply to: Hosed posted by ESC 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.


To me, getting "hosed" is the same as getting "reamed", "bent over", or "shafted". It's usually used figuratively. I first heard it on the Saturday Night Live TV show back in the late 1970's although it probably originated long before that.