Main definitions of hock in English

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hock1

noun

  • 1The joint in a quadruped's hind leg between the knee and the fetlock, the angle of which points backwards.

    • ‘Amazingly though, after recovering from a delicate operation to repair the tendon which slipped off one of his rear hocks, Teeton Mill is in line for a remarkable racing comeback at Ascot next Saturday.’
    • ‘You put your thumb on its hock and bend its leg backward until it's hyper-extended, while you close your hand around its leg at the thigh.’
    • ‘He had exceptional conformation, very correct legs, hocks, and knees.’
    • ‘Time and again, I have horses presented for sore back problems but in fact it is their hocks that are aching.’
    • ‘The sun was slanting back into the west once more as they stood on a firm-packed beach, waves washing about the hocks of Brandark's horse and Bahzell's calves, and looked out across a hundred yards of sea at a small island.’
    • ‘The six-year-old, below, has strained a hock and, while O'Brien says the injury is only slight, he adds that the gelding will probably be left for the rest of the season.’
    • ‘He bolted, trying to get away from the snake that was nipping at his hocks.’
    • ‘My mare rolled over and over in the wet grass and was playful with the gelding, nipping at his hocks and tempting him to chase her.’
    • ‘The ten-year-old daughter of that horse crashed into a fence and developed an infection deep in her hock.’
    • ‘The hocks and elbows of your dog should receive special attention.’
    • ‘‘You can still see some marks on his left hock,’ Johnson said.’
    • ‘The cover wrapped around its entire body, only hocks showing.’
    • ‘Their manes and tails are trimmed evenly, never wrapped and always comfortably cut just above the hocks.’
    • ‘These are worn on the hocks and protect the horse from injuries.’
    • ‘The giant breeds - those that weigh 12 pounds or more - should be kept in cages with solid floors to prevent sore hocks.’
    • ‘It primarily occurs in the shoulder or elbow joints, but it can affect the hocks or stifles, too.’
    • ‘These diseases can affect the shoulder, elbow, knee, or hock joints in animals.’
    • ‘He had a sad little tail, barely long enough to brush his hocks.’
    • ‘Marcia said, ‘It was winter, and he was in caked pasture mud up to his hocks and had long hair’, but she liked him.’
    • ‘Timboroa finally returned in the Turf Classic on September 29, but finished last of eight after injuring a ligament in a hock.’
  • 2A knuckle of meat, especially of pork or ham.

    • ‘Reports speak of plates piled high with hundreds of tiny fish, eaten with brown bread and the best hock.’
    • ‘I had the black bean soup with smoked ham hock.’
    • ‘The butchers had belly of pork, breast of lamb, brisket of beef, neck of lamb, offal such as liver and heart, and hock of bacon.’
    • ‘Don't forget to buy some pumpkin pie, roast duck and pork hock to take home with you.’
    • ‘If you wish, add the meat from the hock and season with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Add the chicken stock, fish stock, and ham hock, maintain at a simmer, and set aside.’
    • ‘If neighbors had a Thanksgiving turkey, the Witherses told everyone they did, too, even if their holiday dinner was ham hocks and beans.’
    • ‘The menu is regularly updated, but pork hock with fruit compôte, or seared salmon with a chilled raspberry vinaigrette, are perennial favourites.’
    • ‘If using bacon bones or hocks, remove the fat, chop the meat and return to pot.’
    • ‘We wolfed down fabulous hamburgers, ham hocks, duck and pints of ale, though Soames astonishingly stuck to Diet Coke and no dessert.’
    • ‘While wandering around the village we found several restaurants serving fish and an amazing place that smoked fish and cheese and hocks of ham, and you could watch them doing it.’
    • ‘Reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 2 hours until the ham hock is cooked.’
    • ‘Remove the ham hock, de-bone, dice, and add to the base.’
    • ‘Remove the ham hock, and slice off meat from the bone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I said I doubted whether Andy would be able to stay for tea, having no wish to inflict Peg's famous boiled bacon hock, or her philosophy, on any of my friends.’
    • ‘It was the best pea soup I'd ever had, filled with hocks and so smoky, but in a good way.’
    • ‘Larger pieces of bacon, or bacon hocks, boiled and served hot or cold with mustard, were much used as standby dishes in poorer households.’
    • ‘A pressed slab of ham hock and foie gras were correct enough and their accompanying home-made piccalilli was bravely sour.’
    • ‘Although a hock, which weighs up to a kilo, is mostly skin, bone and gristle, it will also yield 200g of moist bacon meat, which can be added to soup or used in a salad.’

Origin

Late Middle English: variant of hough.

Pronunciation:

hock

/hɒk/

Main definitions of hock in English

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hock2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Deposit (an object) with a pawnbroker as security for money lent.

    • ‘They had concerns at the time that Herd would hock the cup for drinking money.’
    • ‘You'll know all about it when I hock the microwave!’
    • ‘When he can't take the pressures of his dying brother any more, he hocks his father's most expensive watch so he can buy a hit of heroin.’
    • ‘And though every sign in her life seems to be telling her she can't go to the contest, she begs, borrows and steals - even hocks her mother's diamond engagement ring - to get herself to Florida to compete.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, the luckiest thing about it is that, if I ever had to, I could hock it’.’
    • ‘The enlisted servicemen and women hock stuff in the pawn shops and borrow against payday.’
    • ‘It is important for the narrative's subtextual meaning that she gives him her wedding ring to hock for money to buy the heroin.’
    • ‘Then there were the working class and lower class who would all be crowded into the third part of the train, all having had to hock much of their possessions to even make the passage.’
    • ‘With all the hi-tech digital tools available, new filmmakers are finding they can create cinema without hocking their homes or putting their day jobs on hold.’
    • ‘In a state of financial desperation, the camera captures Christophe hocking his musical instruments, the things he loves the most.’
    • ‘We are pretty much the pimps of capitalism, hocking the wares of whoever shows us the money.’
    • ‘Looks like he hocked some of our stuff and used the money.’
    cripple, lame, hock, disable, handicap, injure
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

hock

/hɒk/

Main definitions of hock in English

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hock3

noun

British
  • [mass noun] A dry white wine from the German Rhineland.

    • ‘The head of a boisterous party of ex-public schoolboys calls over the waiter and asks for a bottle of hock.’
    • ‘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?’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

hock

/hɒk/