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    get hooked on

    "You people look so funy, act so friendly, but you get hooked on that energy stuff so easy, it's scary"

    Does it mean that they become dependant on a chemical substance? Can we get hooked on a specific food? Can I say "get hooke on someone" because of being attracted to a person?

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    Re: get hooked on

    I think 'hooked on' started life as relating to hallucinogenic drugs; it was about a physical dependency. But now the phrase is commonly used about any extreme taste change or behaviour change, with no actual dependency being involved.

    An anti-smoking advert recently in the UK played on this meaning change; it showed a person who needed a cigarette actually having a fish hook stuck in his mouth, and the line pulled him towards a cigarette. It made you think 'Oh yes, so that's why they say "hooked on"!'


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