I. noun Etymology: Middle English hoch, hough, from Old English hōh heel; akin to Old Norse hāsin hock Date: 1540 1. a. the tarsal joint or region in the hind limb of a digitigrade quadruped (as the horse) corresponding to the human ankle but elevated and bending backward — see horse illustration b. a joint of a fowl's leg that corresponds to the hock of a quadruped 2. a small cut of meat from a front or hind leg just above the foot <
ham hocks
II. noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: modification of German Hochheimer, from Hochheim, Germany Date: circa 1625 chiefly British Rhine wine 1 III. transitive verb Etymology: 4hock Date: 1878 pawnhocker noun IV. noun Etymology: Dutch hok pen, prison Date: 1883 1. a. pawn II,2 <
got his watch out of hock
b. debt 3 <
in hock to the bank
2. prison

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