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Definition of hock noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (informal) if something that you own is in hock, you have exchanged it for money but hope to buy it back later He had to fight to get himself out of hock (= to buy back the thing he had exchanged for money).
  2. 2[countable] the middle joint of an animal's back leg
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] = knuckle
  4. Idioms
    be in hock (to somebody)
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    to owe someone something I'm in hock to the bank for $6,000.
    get/go into hock
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    to get into debt
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