Simple Definition of hoick
: to lift or pull (something) with a quick movement
Full Definition of hoick
: to move or pull abruptly : yank <was hoicked out of my job — Vincent Sheean>
Examples of hoick in a sentence
He hoicked up his trousers and waded in.
<hoicked up his pants and hastily waded into the water>
Did You Know?
Etymologists suspect that "hoick" is an alteration of the verb "hike," which is itself akin to "hitch." "Hike" entered the language during the first decade of the 19th century, whereas "hoick" appeared near that century's close. The word hoick can be used for any type of abrupt pulling movement but is commonly used for the sudden pulling back on the joystick of an airplane; a rough, jerky movement when rowing; and a jerky, elevated shot in cricket. In fox hunting, the word hoicks is used to call attention to a hound that has picked up the scent and to bring the pack together.
Origin and Etymology of hoick
probably alteration of 1hike
First Known Use: 1898
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