hock

The hock is a joint on an animal's hind leg, or hock (as a verb) can also mean "to pawn." If you are hard up for cash, you may need to hock that ham hock for a few bucks. Good luck!.

An animal's hock is the rough equivalent to a human's ankle. A horse's hock is easy to see: it's the joint above the hoof that's angled backwards. Other mammals (especially those with long legs) also have hocks, including dogs and pigs. In the case of a pig, the word hock is more commonly used to describe a cut of meat from the animal's leg — a "ham hock." When hock is a verb, it usually means "pawn," or "leave an item in return for a loan of money."

Primary Meanings of hock

1.
nv
tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle
disable by cutting the hock
2.
n
any of several white wines from the Rhine River valley in Germany (`hock' is British usage)
3.
v
leave as a guarantee in return for money
Full Definitions of hock
1

n tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle

Synonyms:
hock-joint
Type of:
articulatio, articulation, joint
(anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)

v disable by cutting the hock

Type of:
disable, handicap, incapacitate, invalid
injure permanently
2

n any of several white wines from the Rhine River valley in Germany (`hock' is British usage)

Synonyms:
Rhenish, Rhine wine
Types:
Riesling
fragrant dry or sweet white wine from the Rhine valley or a similar wine from California
liebfraumilch
a sweetened Rhenish wine (especially one from Hesse in western Germany)
Type of:
white wine
pale yellowish wine made from white grapes or red grapes with skins removed before fermentation
3

v leave as a guarantee in return for money

Synonyms:
pawn, soak
Type of:
charge, consign
give over to another for care or safekeeping

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