- A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still, from the Hochheim region; often applied to all Rhenish wines.
From Middle English hoch, hough, hocke, from Old English hōh, from Proto-Germanic *hanhaz (compare West Frisian hakke, Dutch hak, Low German Hack), from Proto-Indo-European *kenk (compare Lithuanian kìnka ‘leg, thigh, knee-cap’, kenklė̃ ‘knee-cap’, Sanskrit कङ्काल (kaṅkāla) ‘skeleton’)
hock (plural hocks)
- The tarsal joint of a digitigrade quadruped, such as a horse, pig or dog.
- Meat from that part of a food animal.
- Pawn, obligation as collateral for a loan.
- He needed $750 to get his guitar out of hock at the pawnshop.
2012 April 25, Patty Murphy, “Business bulletin”, in Associated Press, page 10A:
- But Ford Motor Co. needs another agency, either Standard & Poor's or Moody's, to make the same upgrade before it can get its blue oval logo, factories and other assets out of hock.
- They were in hock to the bank for $35 million.
- Installment purchase.
2007, Tara Hanks, The Mmm Girl: Marilyn Monroe, by Herself, page 28:
- Later, Uncle Doc bought a couch on hock, then a bed.