hock Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “hock” in the English Dictionary

"hock" in British English

See all translations

hocknoun

uk   /hɒk/  us   /hɑːk/

hock noun (MONEY)

in hock in ​debt: The company's ​entireassets are now in hock to the ​banks. Possessions that are in hock are pawned (= ​lefttemporarily with a ​person in ​exchange for an ​amount of ​money that must be ​paid back after a ​limitedtime to ​prevent the thing from being ​sold): Most of her ​jewellery is in hock.

hock noun (ANIMAL)

[C] the ​middle joint in the back ​leg of an ​animal such as a ​horse [C] mainly US the ​meat on the ​lowerleg of an ​animal: ham hocks

hock noun (WINE)

[U] mainly UK a ​type of ​whitewine from Germany

hockverb [T]

uk   /hɒk/  us   /hɑːk/ informal
to ​sell something that you ​hope to ​buy back ​later because you need ​money now: She had to hock her ​weddingring.
(Definition of hock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hock" in American English

See all translations

hockverb [T]

 us   /hɑk/ infml
to ​exchange in ​return for ​borrowingmoney; pawn : to hock ​jewelry

hocknoun

 us   /hɑk/
in hock To be in hock is to have a ​debt: The ​state is in hock already, with a $13 ​billiondeficit.
(Definition of hock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hock" in Business English

See all translations

hocknoun [U]

uk   us   /hɒk/ informal
in hock (to sb/sth) in ​debt: Most ​constructionfirms are deeply in hock to a ​singlebank rather than to a handful of ​lenders. possessions that are in hock are pawned (= ​left temporarily with someone in ​exchange for an ​amount of ​money that must be ​paid back after a particular ​period of ​time to prevent the thing from being ​sold): He put everything he had in hock to ​buy the ​house, and still ​ended up ​owingmoney.
go into/get out of hock to get into or get out of ​debt: Until we either ​curb our appetite for ​imports or become a lot better at ​exporting, the more we ​trade the ​deeper we go into hock Few believe that any ​legalaction can ​yield the ​billions that the ​companyneeds to get out of hock.

hockverb [T]

uk   us   /hɒk/
to pawn a ​possession (= ​leave it temporarily with someone in ​exchange for an ​amount of ​money that must be ​paid back after a particular ​period of ​time to prevent it from being ​sold): People in a ​financial difficulty often ​possess something of ​value to hock.
See also
(Definition of hock from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hock?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More