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.

    • ‘These diseases can affect the shoulder, elbow, knee, or hock joints in animals.’
    • ‘The ten-year-old daughter of that horse crashed into a fence and developed an infection deep in her hock.’
    • ‘He had exceptional conformation, very correct legs, hocks, and knees.’
    • ‘Timboroa finally returned in the Turf Classic on September 29, but finished last of eight after injuring a ligament in a hock.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cover wrapped around its entire body, only hocks showing.’
    • ‘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 had a sad little tail, barely long enough to brush his hocks.’
    • ‘It primarily occurs in the shoulder or elbow joints, but it can affect the hocks or stifles, too.’
    • ‘Their manes and tails are trimmed evenly, never wrapped and always comfortably cut just above the hocks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Time and again, I have horses presented for sore back problems but in fact it is their hocks that are aching.’
    • ‘Marcia said, ‘It was winter, and he was in caked pasture mud up to his hocks and had long hair’, but she liked him.’
    • ‘The hocks and elbows of your dog should receive special attention.’
    • ‘‘You can still see some marks on his left hock,’ Johnson said.’
    • ‘The giant breeds - those that weigh 12 pounds or more - should be kept in cages with solid floors to prevent sore hocks.’
    • ‘These are worn on the hocks and protect the horse from injuries.’
    • ‘He bolted, trying to get away from the snake that was nipping at his hocks.’
  • 2A knuckle of meat, especially of pork or ham.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Add the chicken stock, fish stock, and ham hock, maintain at a simmer, and set aside.’
    • ‘We wolfed down fabulous hamburgers, ham hocks, duck and pints of ale, though Soames astonishingly stuck to Diet Coke and no dessert.’
    • ‘If neighbors had a Thanksgiving turkey, the Witherses told everyone they did, too, even if their holiday dinner was ham hocks and beans.’
    • ‘Don't forget to buy some pumpkin pie, roast duck and pork hock to take home with you.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remove the ham hock, de-bone, dice, and add to the base.’
    • ‘Reports speak of plates piled high with hundreds of tiny fish, eaten with brown bread and the best hock.’
    • ‘Larger pieces of bacon, or bacon hocks, boiled and served hot or cold with mustard, were much used as standby dishes in poorer households.’
    • ‘Reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 2 hours until the ham hock is cooked.’
    • ‘It was the best pea soup I'd ever had, filled with hocks and so smoky, but in a good way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A pressed slab of ham hock and foie gras were correct enough and their accompanying home-made piccalilli was bravely sour.’
    • ‘If you wish, add the meat from the hock and season with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘If using bacon bones or hocks, remove the fat, chop the meat and return to pot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The menu is regularly updated, but pork hock with fruit compôte, or seared salmon with a chilled raspberry vinaigrette, are perennial favourites.’
    • ‘I had the black bean soup with smoked ham hock.’
    • ‘Remove the ham hock, and slice off meat from the bone.’

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.

    • ‘A young woman follows her suicidal boy friend to a pawn shop and finds out he has just hocked her fur coat to buy a handgun.’
    • ‘The archives has the pawn ticket he received when he hocked his binoculars in 1954 for fifteen dollars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Back to Oceanside. The enlisted servicemen and women hock stuff in the pawn shops and borrow against payday.’
    • ‘For those who don't remember, Portman had to hock everything to build his One Peachtree masterpiece.’
    • ‘And thus, I had to cash in bonds, break the piggy banks and hock jewelry to get the necessary supplies.’
    • ‘They had concerns at the time that Herd would hock the cup for drinking money.’
    • ‘And everywhere, stores seem to be offering items that help us connect to other worlds without having to hock grandma's silver.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, the luckiest thing about it is that, if I ever had to, I could hock it’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The CIA man was creeped out, but he knew he could hock the watch for 10 bucks, probably to the same crook that sold it to the squid.’
    • ‘In a state of financial desperation, the camera captures Christophe hocking his musical instruments, the things he loves the most.’
    • ‘You'll know all about it when I hock the microwave!’
    • ‘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 1898, U.S. Open champion Fred Herd, a renowned boozer, was asked to leave a deposit on the championship cup, because officials were afraid he'd hock it.’
    • ‘No longer do you have to hock your car, mortgage your house and sell your firstborn child just to afford your supplements.’
    • ‘Feeling guilty about owing the kindly journalist for her fare, she hocks a valuable Balzac first edition for 180,000 francs and pays her debt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    cripple, lame, disable, handicap, injure
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Phrases

  • in hock

    • 1informal Having been pawned.

      ‘the family jewels are in hock already’
      • ‘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. 1.1In debt.
        ‘the women were in hock to extortionate moneylenders’
        • ‘In other words they are in hock to the government, who control their spending.’
        • ‘Our most fertile citizens are constantly in hock to student loans and hired on contract rather than a full-time position.’
        • ‘Irrespective of who is elected they will be in hock to their contributors.’
        • ‘The women were in hock to extortionate moneylenders.’
        • ‘Millions of the less well-off are in hock to money lenders because banks won't handle their affairs since the profit margin involved isn't big enough.’
        • ‘Because it doesn't depend on heavy machinery, this farm, unlike most, isn't in hock to the bank’.’
        • ‘Wouldn't there be a danger of the hospital getting itself in hock to the private sector?’
        • ‘‘I'm always in hock, because of the investment of time, energy, and money,’ she said to me.’
        • ‘There is evidence that some will even get in hock with illegal money lenders, which can have truly disastrous consequences.’
        • ‘That story had a happier ending than many closer to home where families get in hock to the tune of thousands of euro.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hock

/hɒk/

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hock3

noun

mass nounBritish
  • A dry white wine from the German Rhineland.

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

Main definitions of hock in English

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hock4

noun

North American
  • variant spelling of hawk

Pronunciation

hock

/hɒk/