Definition of hock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɒk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɑːk//
    Parts of animals
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  1. 1 [countable] the middle joint of an animal’s back leg See related entries: Parts of animals
  2. 2 [uncountable, countable] (British English) a German white wine
  3. 3 [uncountable, countable] (especially North American English) = knuckle
  4. 4[uncountable] (informal) if something that you own is in hock, you have exchanged it for money but hope to buy it back later
  5. Word Originnoun sense 1 and noun sense 3 late Middle English: variant of hough. noun sense 2abbreviation of obsolete hockamore, alteration of German Hochheimer (Wein) ‘(wine) from Hochheim’. noun sense 4 mid 19th cent. (in the phrase in hock): from Dutch hok ‘hutch, prison, debt’.Idioms
    be in hock (to somebody)
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    to owe somebody something I'm in hock to the bank for £6 000.
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