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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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hock, in hock, hock, hockey

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