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."

Definitions of hock
  1. noun
    tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle
    synonyms: hock-joint
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    type of:
    articulatio, articulation, joint
    (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)
  2. verb
    disable by cutting the hock
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    type of:
    disable, handicap, incapacitate, invalid
    injure permanently
  3. noun
    any of several white wines from the Rhine River valley in Germany (`hock' is British usage)
    synonyms: Rhenish, Rhine wine
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    fragrant dry or sweet white wine from the Rhine valley or a similar wine from California
    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
  4. verb
    leave as a guarantee in return for money
    synonyms: pawn, soak
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    type of:
    charge, consign
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
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