Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Sock [comedy].

 Society.Sock a Corpse (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sock [comedy].
The Greek comic actors used to wear a sandal and sock. The difference between the sock and the tragic buskin was this—the sock went only to the ankle, but the buskin extended to the knee. (See BUSKIN.)   1
“Then to the well-trod stage anon,
If Jonson’s learned sock be on.”
Milton: L’Allegro.

 Society.Sock a Corpse (To). 


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