1. pl. hose Stockings; socks. Used only in the plural.
2. pl. hose
a. Close-fitting breeches or leggings reaching up to the hips and fastened to a doublet, formerly worn by men. Used only in the plural.
b. Breeches reaching down to the knees. Used only in the plural.
3. pl. hos·es A flexible tube for conveying liquids or gases under pressure.
tr.v. hosed, hos·ing, hos·es
1. To water, drench, or wash with a hose: hosed down the deck; hosed off the dog.
a. To attack and kill (someone), typically by use of a firearm:
b. To exploit, cheat, or defraud.
[Middle English, a stocking, from Old English hosa, leg covering; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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