in hock


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sure, Sang-hyeon, who runs a hand laundry, and cohort Dong-soo, who works at said church, could use the dough; times are tight and, on the front burner, Sang-hyeon is in hock to the local mob. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2022 Numerous family troubles soon become evident, from Lydia’s bitter rivalry with her sister (Tia Carrere) to his cousin Eugene (Eugene Cordero) being in hock to the tune of $40,000 to a local gangster wannabe (Asif Ali). Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Aug. 2022 But for most of them, leaving would mean breaking their contracts and leaving family members in Vietnam in hock to labor brokers and loan sharks who paid their way to Serbia, the workers say. New York Times, 22 Jan. 2022 Yet that's only one way in which Democrats are stomping on their own message because their own members are in hock to vested interests. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 19 Nov. 2021 Like many cities, Nashville is also in hock to pensioners, with $4.3 billion in unfunded promises for retiree healthcare. Steven Malanga, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Is Trump's business in hock to Russian financiers? Stephen Collinson, CNN, 22 Dec. 2020 See More

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“In hock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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