One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A cooking appliance, or the flat top part of a cooker, with hotplates or burners.
- ‘The evening is already short, so I put on the hob to heat water for eggs.’
- ‘Appliances include a fitted hob and oven, an integrated fridge freezer and plumbing for a dishwasher.’
- ‘Standard features in all properties include fitted kitchens with a range of built-in appliances including integrated fridge-freezers, electric hobs and ovens.’
- ‘The kitchen has a range of wall and floor units, an integrated fridge freezer, a hob, oven and extractor fan.’
- ‘The kitchen has a cooker, hob and microwave which will all be staying in the property.’
- ‘We have an extractor fan in the kitchen which is over the hob.’
- ‘The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with maple wall and floor units, a terracotta tiled splashback, gas hob and another cast iron fireplace.’
- ‘Standard features include fully tiled and fitted kitchens with integrated appliances including stainless steel ovens, hobs, fridge-freezers, dishwashers and washing machines.’
- ‘There is an integrated electric oven, gas hob, fridge and dishwasher.’
- ‘Dissolve the sugar solution to a clear syrup on the hob over a gentle heat, stirring once or twice.’
- ‘Electrical appliances include an oven and hob, and an integrated fridge/freezer and dish washer.’
- ‘An unusual feature is the electric hob which incorporates a barbecue grill and deep fat fryer as well as two electric plates.’
- ‘Integrated appliances include a four ring electric hob with single oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.’
- ‘It's a dual-fuel range cooker of timeless design, combined with a powerful six-burner gas hob, three electric ovens and a grill.’
- ‘A bookshelf displays an array of well-thumbed cookbooks, and the kettle bubbles on the hob.’
- ‘Purchase rates for electric cookers and hobs are also above average.’
- ‘Both have a number of integrated appliances including oven, hob, extractor fan, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and microwave.’
- ‘She opened the lid of one of the Aga hobs and put a frying pan on it.’
- ‘Off the back of the hallway is the ceramic tiled kitchen, a bright room with a high ceiling, cream wooden units, a cooker, gas hob and integrated dishwasher and fridge freezer.’
- ‘Open the windows and switch on the extractor fan above the hob.’
- ‘The fitted units here are white and there is also a double sink, an integrated fridge and an electric hob and wall oven.’
- ‘All kitchens are fitted with an oven, gas hob, cooker hood, fridge-freezer and combined washing machine and tumble drier.’
- 1.1 A flat metal shelf at the side of a fireplace, having its surface level with the top of the grate and used especially for heating pans.
- ‘In Granny Kilpatrick's cookhouse stood a great black stove and all the pots sat around on the big white hobs.’
- ‘Inside the original rafters and walls are adorned by two splendid hobs over a fireplace.’
- ‘It began to respond to the demands of Britain's burgeoning towns and cities for cast iron - for rainwater goods, street furniture, fireplaces, hobs and grates and all manner of other items.’
2A machine tool used for cutting gears or screw threads.
- ‘The hob is composed of cutter blades and a hob head.’
- ‘Once you have used a hob to cut a gear you will wonder why you would use anything else!’
3A peg or pin used as a mark in throwing games.
- ‘The game has the hobs 11 yards apart in 3ft squares of clay.’
- ‘If the hob is only one ring away, you receive one point.’
Late 16th century (in hob (sense 3 of the noun)): alteration of hub. hob (sense 1 of the noun), ‘metal shelf by a fireplace’, dates from the late 17th century.
1A male ferret.Compare with gill (sense 1)
- ‘She should be in full season for 2 weeks before being put with a hob.’
- ‘Hobs are usually bigger than jills but the personalities vary little between the sexes.’
2British archaic, dialect A sprite or hobgoblin.
- ‘It has been the haunt of the mischievous, mythical hobs.’
- ‘During the festival, local residents and businesses will take part in a competition to decorate their homes, gardens and shop fronts with home made boggarts, wood spirits, elves, hobs and faeries.’
play (or raise) hob
- ‘A combination of intense travel and poor health have played hob with my schedule.’
- ‘The pavement raises hob with them and seems to impart a grade of dirt which defies removal.’
- ‘The cost of diverting waste can play hob with a private company's bottom line or a community's operating budget.’
- ‘But there's a non-obvious one, which is to say that it plays hob with my writing schedule, or at least it tries to.’
- ‘Digital cell phones have raised hob with hearing aids through electromagnetic interference.’
- ‘The three-year recession and the constant lowering of interest rates to fight it are raising hob with pension funds.’
- ‘Even more fun - fructose plays hob with the enzymes that ‘tell’ cells whether to burn fat or store it.’
- ‘They aren't going to be setting up camp for a weekend and raising hob with 15 of their good buddies.’
- ‘The wind raised hob, blew the door shut after him leaving our worthy president locked in the cellar.’
- ‘The internal politics of getting things done has played hob with their scheduling.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘country fellow’): pet form of Rob, short for Robin or Robert, often referring specifically to Robin Goodfellow.
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