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"hock" in British English

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hocknoun

uk   /hɒk/  us   /hɑːk/
  • hock noun (MONEY)

in hock
in debt: The company's entire assets are now in hock to the banks.
Possessions that are in hock are pawned (= left temporarily with a person in exchange for an amount of money that must be paid back after a limited time to prevent the thing from being sold): Most of her jewellery is in hock.
  • hock noun (WINE)

[U] mainly UK a type of white wine from Germany

hockverb [T]

uk   /hɒk/  us   /hɑːk/ informal
(Definition of hock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hock" in American English

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hockverb [T]

 us   /hɑk/ infml
to exchange in return for borrowing money; 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 billion deficit.
(Definition of hock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hock" in Business English

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hocknoun [U]

uk   us   /hɒk/ informal
in hock (to sb/sth)
in debt: Most construction firms are deeply in hock to a single bank 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 owing money.
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 legal action can yield the billions that the company needs 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.
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