be in hock

be in hock

1. To be in debt. I picked a smaller, more affordable school so I didn't have to be deep in hock with student loans for years after I graduated.
2. To have been pawned, as of an item. I really needed cash, so my guitars are in hock, unfortunately.
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be in ˈhock (to somebody)

(informal) owe money: I’m in hock for about €5 000. Hock comes from the Dutch word for prison.
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