in hock

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in hock

informal
1 : in the possession of a pawnbroker
  • His gold watch is in hock.
2 : in debt
  • He is in hock to his boss for several thousand dollars.

Word by Word Definitions

hock play
  1. : the tarsal joint or region in the hind limb of a digitigrade quadruped (such as the horse) corresponding to the human ankle but elevated and bending backward — see horse illustration

  2. : a joint of a fowl's leg that corresponds to the hock of a quadruped

  3. : a small cut of meat from a front or hind leg just above the foot

  1. : rhine wine

  1. : pawn

  1. : pawn:2

  2. : debt

  3. : prison

  1. : to forcefully spit out (something, such as phlegm)


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