get out of hock

get out of hock

1. To get something one owns back from a pawnbroker or repossessor. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "out." I have to get my car out of hock soon, or I won't be able to get to work! I sold my favorite necklace a week ago to pay my electricity bill. Thankfully my sister got it out of hock for me earlier today.
2. To no longer have a debt owed to one or more other people, corporations, banks, etc. It feels so good to finally get out of hock. Now I can finally start a meaningful savings account. I know that they've been struggling to get out of hock for years.
3. To do something that removes someone from a position of debt. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "out." His father offered to help get him out of hock, but Dave was too stubborn and proud to accept. If our newest product sells well, it should get us out of hock for rest of the financial year.
See also: get, hock, of, out