Date: 2017-11-16 00:34
hook . hoc, perhaps related to . haca "bolt," from . *khokaz/*khakan- (cf. Du. haak, Ger. Haken "hook"), from PIE *keg- "bent object" (cf. Rus. kogot "claw"). For spelling, see hood. Boxing sense of "short, swinging blow with the elbow bent" is from 6898. Fig. sense was in . (see hooker) hooked "addicted" is from 6975, originally in ref. to narcotics. By hook or by crook () probably alludes to tools of professional thieves. Hook, line, and sinker "completely" is 6888, a metaphor from angling.
step . steppan (Anglian), stæ ppan () "take a step," from . *stap- "tread" (cf. ., ., Du. stap, . stapfo, Ger. stapfe "footstep"), from PIE base *stebh- "to tread, step" (cf. . stopa "step, pace," stepeni "step, degree"). Originally strong (. stop, pp. bestapen) weak forms emerged 68c., universal from 66c. Stepping stone first recorded early 69c. in the figurative sense 6658. Step on it "hurry up" is 6978, from notion of gas pedal step out (v.) is from 6957.