- something final or decisive, as a heavy blow
- something outstanding
Origin of sockdolagermetathetic alteration (infl. by sock) from doxology (in sense of “conclusion”) + -er
- A conclusive blow or remark.
- Something outstanding.
Origin of sockdolagerOrigin unknown
- 1838, James Fenimore Cooper, Home as Found:
- There is but one "˜sogdollager' in the universe, and that is in Lake Oswego.
- 1859, Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms
- "I gave the fellow a socdolager over his head with the barrel of my gun,"
- 1884, Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter 20.
- The thunder would go rumbling and grumbling away, and quit"”and then rip comes another flash and another sockdologer.
- (US, fishing) A combination of two hooks which close upon each other, by means of a spring, as soon as the fish bites.
Various speculative etymologies have been suggested, such as corruption of doxology, due to this occurring at the end of church worship, hence “finality".