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noun

1The joint in a quadruped’s hind leg between the knee and the fetlock, the angle of which points backwards.
Example sentences
  • These diseases can affect the shoulder, elbow, knee, or hock joints in animals.
  • He had exceptional conformation, very correct legs, hocks, and knees.
  • It primarily occurs in the shoulder or elbow joints, but it can affect the hocks or stifles, too.
2A knuckle of meat, especially of pork or ham.
Example sentences
  • If you wish, add the meat from the hock and season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove the ham hock, de-bone, dice, and add to the base.
  • Use a smoked gammon knuckle, smoked ham hock or whatever smoked bacon bones you can find - or talk your butcher into selling you the ham bone when they get to the end of carving off the meat.

Origin

Late Middle English: variant of hough.

Words that rhyme with hock

ad hoc, amok, Bangkok, baroque, belle époque, bloc, block, bock, brock, chock, chock-a-block, clock, doc, dock, floc, flock, frock, hough, interlock, jock, knock, langue d'oc, lock, Locke, Médoc, mock, nock, o'clock, pock, post hoc, roc, rock, schlock, shock, smock, sock, Spock, stock, wok, yapok

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verb

[with object] informal
Deposit (an object) with a pawnbroker as security for money lent.
Example sentences
  • The enlisted servicemen and women hock stuff in the pawn shops and borrow against payday.
  • They had concerns at the time that Herd would hock the cup for drinking money.
  • We are pretty much the pimps of capitalism, hocking the wares of whoever shows us the money.

Phrases

in hock

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Having been pawned: the family jewels are in hock already
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  • Worse: rather than being self-denying while you retrain for more lucrative employment, should you put the contents of your workshop in hock and live it up at the nearest Ritz-Carlton?
  • In Washington, antiques, glasses and brassbound telescopes that had been in hock for decades are being snapped up by a rush of buyers.
  • But, unlike pawnshops in most countries, the real business is a steady stream of people putting their homes in hock.
1.1In debt: the women were in hock to extortionate moneylenders
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  • In other words they are in hock to the government, who control their spending.
  • Because it doesn't depend on heavy machinery, this farm, unlike most, isn't in hock to the bank’.
  • The women were in hock to extortionate moneylenders.

Origin

Mid 19th century (in the phrase in hock): from Dutch hok 'hutch, prison, debt'.

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noun

[mass noun] British
A dry white wine from the German Rhineland.
Example sentences
  • This name being a bit of a tongue twister for the petite bourgeoisie who were immediately attracted to it, the truncated version, hock, became the name for every wine from the Rhine.
  • Let’s have a glass of hock, shall we?
  • The head of a boisterous party of ex-public schoolboys calls over the waiter and asks for a bottle of hock.

Origin

Abbreviation of obsolete hockamore, alteration of German Hochheimer (Wein) '(wine) from Hochheim'.

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