hock ( hocks plural )
1 n-count A hock is a piece of meat from above the foot of an animal, especially a pig.
usu n N
2 If someone is in hock, they are in debt.
in hock phrase v-link PHR, oft PHR to n
Even company directors on £100,000 a year can be deeply in hock to the banks.
3 If you are in hock to someone, you feel you have to do things for them because they have given you money or support.
in hock to phrase v-link PHR n
It is almost impossible for the prime minister to stand above the factions. He always seems in hock to one or another.
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