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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.
in debt. After buying the luxury car, Bob was in hock for years.
in hock1 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.
mod. pawned. My watch is already in hock.