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hoach Line breaks: hoach
(also hotch)

Definition of hoach in English:


[no object] (hoach with) Scottish & Northern English
Be full of or swarming with: the place is hoaching with wee girls in pink leotards and tutus (as adjective hoaching) The Museum of Transport was absolutely hoaching today
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  • You damned eejit - that man could've been one of those perverts. Places like that hoach with'm.
  • "This town," said the master from Lurganboy, "is hoaching with women."
  • The pub is hoaching with people, alive with the buzz of conversation.


Late Middle English (in sense 'move jerkily, jolt'): from Anglo-Norman French hocher 'shake to and fro', of Germanic origin. The current sense dates from the late 18th century..

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