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Topic: ANIMALS

Sense: 1
Date: 1600-1700
Language: German
Origin: Hochheimer 'of Hochheim', from the name of the place in Germany where it was originally made.
Sense: 2
Date: 1800-1900
Language: Dutch
Origin: hok 'prison'
Sense: 3-4
Origin: Old English hoh 'heel'

hock

1 noun
     
hock1
1 [uncountable] British EnglishDFD a German white wine:
a glass of hock
2

in hock

informal
a) in debt
be in hock to somebody
The fashion chain is still in hock to the banks.
b) something that is in hock has been sold temporarily because its owner needs some money:
He's a musician, but his guitar is in hock.
3 [countable]DFF a piece of meat from above the foot of a pig:
pork hocks
4 [countable]HBA the middle joint of an animal's back leg
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