American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The tarsal joint of the hind leg of a digitigrade quadruped, such as a horse, corresponding to the human ankle but bending in the opposite direction.
- n. A joint in the leg of a domestic fowl similar to the hock of a quadruped.
- n. A small cut of meat, especially ham, from the front or hind leg directly above the foot.
- v. To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; hamstring.
- n. Chiefly British Rhine wine.
- v. To pawn: hock a diamond ring.
- n. The state of being pawned: put the diamonds in hock.
- n. The state of being in debt: thought we'd never get out of hock.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The joint on the hind leg of a quadruped between the knee and the fetlock, corresponding to the ankle-joint in man; that part of the leg between the tibia and the cannon-bone, consisting of the ankle-bones more or less completely united.
- n. In man, the back part of the knee-joint; the ham.
- n. In the game of faro, the last card remaining in the box after all the others have been dealt.
- To ham-string; disable by cutting the sinew or tendon of the hock —that is the tendo Achillis.
- n. Mallow; hollyhock.
- n. A variant of hack.
- n. A caterpillar.
- n. An old game of cards.
- n. Originally, the wine Hochheimer (which see).
- n. Any white German wine.
- v. transitive, colloquial To leave with a pawnbroker as security for a loan.
- n. Pawn, obligation as collateral for a loan.
- n. Debt.
- n. Installment purchase.
- n. Prison.
- n. A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still, from the Hochheim region, but often applied to all Rhenish wines.
- v. US To bother; to pester; to annoy incessantly
- n. The tarsal joint of a digitigrade quadruped, such as a horse, pig or dog.
- n. Meat from that part of a food animal.
- v. transitive To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; to hamstring; to hough.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still. The name is also given indiscriminately to all Rhenish wines.
- n. The joint in the hind limb of quadrupeds between the leg and shank, or tibia and tarsus, and corresponding to the ankle in man.
- n. A piece cut by butchers, esp. in pork, from either the front or hind leg, just above the foot.
- n. The popliteal space; the ham.
- v. To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; to hamstring; to hough.
- v. To pawn.
- n. The state of having been pawned; usually preceded by in.
- n. The state of being in debt.
- v. leave as a guarantee in return for money
- n. any of several white wines from the Rhine River valley in Germany (`hock' is British usage)
- v. disable by cutting the hock
- n. tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle
- (Can we verify(+) this etymology?) From Dutch hok ("prison, debt"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hōh, heel.Short for obsolete Hockamore, alteration of German Hochheimer, from Hochheim, a town of west-central Germany.Probably from Dutch hok, prison. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Because it's almost as wide as the Taconic State Parkway, I thought I ran an even greater risk than usual of caroming off the roadway's guardrails and rock faces and spending the rest of my life in hock as I tried to repay Range Rover for the repairs.”
“The ruddbot is in hock to the mining unions and the miners whereas Abbot only represents the miners. methinks this puts the Ruddbot in a weaker postion.”
“The Obama inner circle hasn't yet been able to wrest control of the agency from all those career scientists, who apparently are in hock to industry.”
“I'll be in hock to the printer ink company but at least certain things will be available even by candlelight.”
“Not to go all xenophobic, but I would rather have the money come from us rather than be in hock to a country that doesn't have the same outlook on basic forms of human rights that we do -- or at least aspire to.”
“Mind you, I'm lucky I suppose as my biz is not in hock to the banks.”
“At least one resident has been suggesting for a few weeks now that it would cheaper to build a new soccer-specific stadium for the Timbers somewhere -- say, at the Expo Center -- and leave the Beavers minor league baseball team in PGE Park, which is still about $28 million in hock from a recent renovation.”
“What part of we are bankrupt, broke and in hock to China don't they understand.”
“And while the next UK government may be in hock to bad ideas and fail to deliver such growth, it will face few structural impediments to implementing its ideas about what needs to be done.”
““And while the next UK government may be in hock to bad ideas and fail to deliver such growth, it will face few structural impediments to implementing its ideas about what needs to be done.””
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