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hock

1. verb To pawn something. Things got so bad after I lost my job last summer that had to hock my guitar.
2. noun, slang A foot. Sit down and rest your hocks after that long run.

in hock

1. 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. Having been pawned. I really needed cash, so my guitars are in hock, unfortunately.
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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 (i.e. pledged to a pawnbroker in exchange for a loan). I really needed cash, so my guitars are in hock, unfortunately.
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from soda to hock

From start to finish. The phrase comes from the card game faro. That team really dominated from soda to hock—their opponent was totally overwhelmed.
See also: hock, soda

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

out of hock

1. Reacquired from a pawnbroker or repossessor. Adapted from the verb "hock" meaning to sell or pawn My car got repossessed yesterday. I have to get it 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. No longer having a debt owed to one or more other people, corporations, banks, etc. It feels so good to finally be 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.
See also: hock, of, out

go into hock

To go into debt. "Hock" comes from hok, the Dutch word for "prison" or "debt." I picked a smaller, more affordable college so I didn't have to go into hock to get an education.
See also: go, hock

go into hock

go into debt. We will have to go into hock to buy a house. I go further into hock every time I use my credit card.
See also: go, hock

in hock

in debt. After buying the luxury car, Bob was in hock for years.
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out of hock

 
1. Lit. [of something] bought back from a pawn shop. When I get my watch out of hock, I will always be on time.
2. Fig. out of debt; having one's debts paid. When I pay off my credit cards, I'll be out of hock for the first time in years.
See also: hock, of, out

in hock

1 having been pawned. 2 in debt.
Hock here comes from the Dutch word hok meaning ‘hutch’ or ‘prison’. Originally mid 19th-century US slang, this sense of hock is now found only in this phrase or, occasionally, in out of hock .
2 1998 Spectator Our conservatoires are still in hock to the Germano-Austrian symphonic tradition.
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from soda to hock

from beginning to end. dated
In the card game faro, the soda is the exposed top card at the beginning of a deal, while the hock is the last card remaining in the box after all the others have been dealt.
See also: hock, soda

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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hock

1. tv. to pawn something. I tried to hock my watch to get some money.
2. n. a foot. My hocks are sore from all that walking.

hock a luggie

(ˈhɑk ɑ ˈlugi)
tv. to cough up and spit out phlegm. Tom suppressed the urge to hock a luggie over the bridge railing.
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in hock

mod. pawned. My watch is already in hock.
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