sock away


socked away; socking away; socks away

transitive verb

: to put away (money) as savings or investment

Examples of sock away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, baby boomers with bachelor's degrees have median retirement savings of almost $600,000, but those with only a high school diploma have only about $75,000 socked away, a recent study found. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 9 May 2024 In an ideal world, renters would sock away that extra money as emergency savings. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, 5 May 2024 Rachael, a 33-year-old nonprofit manager, said the $3,400-a-month mortgage payment is proving to be a huge expense, especially on top of raising their eight-month-old son, paying for a bigger car and socking away money in a 529 college savings plan. Matt Egan, CNN, 2 Mar. 2024 The personal savings rate, the share of income that savers sock away, was 3.8% in January, down from about 7% before the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2024 European governments and industry have been able to sock away more natural gas than some analysts had expected over the summer—protecting the continent from the threat of imminent large-scale shortages—but worries for the winter remain high. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 Individuals can contribute up to $3,850, while families can sock away $7,750 (those 55 or older can contribute an extra $1,000). Byalicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 Having socked away savings during the pandemic, most were willing to spend it as the economy reopened. Will Daniel, Fortune, 3 Feb. 2024 The singer and guitarist socked away songs grappling with frustration, pain and love during the pandemic. David Peisner, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024

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Word History


from the practice of concealing savings in the toe of a sock

First Known Use

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sock away was circa 1942

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“Sock away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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