hoick

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verb \ˈhȯik\

Definition of hoick

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to move or pull abruptly :  yank was hoicked out of my job — Vincent Sheean

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Examples of hoick in a sentence

  1. He hoicked up his trousers and waded in.

  2. 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. According to the evidence, 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


HOICK Defined for English Language Learners

hoick

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verb \ˈhȯik\

Definition of hoick for English Language Learners

  • : to lift or pull (something) with a quick movement


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