English Lesson: Idioms from Sex And The City [Hook Up With]

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English Lesson: Idioms from Sex And The City [Hook Up With]

She hooked up with him

Today we will start looking at some idioms and slang from the hit HBO series, Sex and The City, Season 1, Episode 1. Careful, this program uses sexual language and topics. This English lesson is written for adults.

Hook up with [someone] means to get together or make a connection with someone. There are generally two different ways to use this idiom, and each has its own nuance. Have a look at this line:

 “Elizabeth was attractive and bright and right away she hooked up with one of the city’s typically eligible bachelors.”

1.  You can hook up with someone for romance or sex. In SATC, it seems like this is the implied meaning:

    • Elizabeth hooked up with Joe.
    • Tony went to the club with his friends because they wanted to hook up with some women.
    • Did you hook up with anyone at your high school reunion?

 2. You can hook up with someone for a hobby, interest, or a business service:

    • My laptop broke, so Lori hooked me up with her computer tech.
    • Paul McCartney first hooked up with John Lennon in art school. That is how The Beatles began.
    • I’m trying to hook up with someone who likes sailing, so if you know anyone please let me know.

Practice questions:

  1. Do you know anyone who goes to clubs to hook up with someone?
  2. Have you tried to hook up with a repairman, or technician?
  3. Think of your favorite pop or rock group. Where and when did the members hook up with each other?

Thanks for studying with me today. If you have any comments or feedback on this lesson, please let me know.

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