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hock

noun 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 (ANIMAL)

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

hock noun (WINE)

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

hock

verb [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 wedding ring.
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