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 backward.

    • ‘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 bolted, trying to get away from the snake that was nipping at his hocks.’
    • ‘He had a sad little tail, barely long enough to brush his hocks.’
    • ‘The cover wrapped around its entire body, only hocks showing.’
    • ‘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 hocks and elbows of your dog should receive special attention.’
    • ‘‘You can still see some marks on his left hock,’ Johnson said.’
    • ‘It primarily occurs in the shoulder or elbow joints, but it can affect the hocks or stifles, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Time and again, I have horses presented for sore back problems but in fact it is their hocks that are aching.’
    • ‘The ten-year-old daughter of that horse crashed into a fence and developed an infection deep in her hock.’
    • ‘These are worn on the hocks and protect the horse from injuries.’
    • ‘He had exceptional conformation, very correct legs, hocks, and knees.’
    • ‘The giant breeds - those that weigh 12 pounds or more - should be kept in cages with solid floors to prevent sore hocks.’
    • ‘Their manes and tails are trimmed evenly, never wrapped and always comfortably cut just above the hocks.’
    • ‘Timboroa finally returned in the Turf Classic on September 29, but finished last of eight after injuring a ligament in a hock.’
    • ‘These diseases can affect the shoulder, elbow, knee, or hock joints in animals.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We wolfed down fabulous hamburgers, ham hocks, duck and pints of ale, though Soames astonishingly stuck to Diet Coke and no dessert.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remove the ham hock, and slice off meat from the bone.’
    • ‘If using bacon bones or hocks, remove the fat, chop the meat and return to pot.’
    • ‘Remove the ham hock, de-bone, dice, and add to the base.’
    • ‘It was the best pea soup I'd ever had, filled with hocks and so smoky, but in a good way.’
    • ‘A pressed slab of ham hock and foie gras were correct enough and their accompanying home-made piccalilli was bravely sour.’
    • ‘Larger pieces of bacon, or bacon hocks, boiled and served hot or cold with mustard, were much used as standby dishes in poorer households.’
    • ‘Add the chicken stock, fish stock, and ham hock, maintain at a simmer, and set aside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you wish, add the meat from the hock and season with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't forget to buy some pumpkin pie, roast duck and pork hock to take home with you.’
    • ‘I had the black bean soup with smoked ham hock.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English.

Pronunciation:

hock

/häk/

Main definitions of hock in English

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hock2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • informal term for pawn
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Back to Oceanside. The enlisted servicemen and women hock stuff in the pawn shops and borrow against payday.’
    • ‘And thus, I had to cash in bonds, break the piggy banks and hock jewelry to get the necessary supplies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And everywhere, stores seem to be offering items that help us connect to other worlds without having to hock grandma's silver.’
    • ‘The archives has the pawn ticket he received when he hocked his binoculars in 1954 for fifteen dollars.’
    • ‘For those who don't remember, Portman had to hock everything to build his One Peachtree masterpiece.’
    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

/häk/

Main definitions of hock in English

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hock3

noun

British
  • 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

/häk/