the state of being pawned; usu. in phr. in hock
|Life In Sing Sing 249: Hock. pawnbroker’s office.|
|God’s Man 277: I knew him when he couldn’t get the ham and eggs out of hock, the shrimp!|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 98/2: Hock, in. 1. Out of funds; broke. 2. In pawn.et al.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Honestly these rings they know more about hock than a German wine taster!‘Hole in One’|
(US police) a list of stolen goods that may have been pawned.
|Homeboy 99: We have to keep an eye on the hock sheets.|
1. a pawnbroker’s shop.
|Lantern (N.O.) 22 Sept. 2: Take the bed too, and run it into a hock shop.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 27: ‘Vair you get zis?’ he asked me [...] ‘At a hock shop, for a couple o’ dollars,’ said I.|
|Courier (Lincoln, Neb.) 1 Nov. 7/1: It is nothing unusual for the hock-shop man to . .|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 39: Ab you don’ shut it up by your rotten hock shop this ferflugte bell I throw right away through your vindeh a teapot.‘Charlie the Wolf’ in|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 117: How about getting them [i.e. pistols] in a hockshop?|
|World I Never Made 222: If he didn’t sell it them, he would try a hock shop.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 234: Can you see me walking into a hock shop with stuff like that?|
|Lead With Your Left (1958) 52: Give me more work making the rounds of the hock shops looking for a damn stolen jacket. [Ibid.] 53: Two hock shop tickets dated five and eight days ago.|
|City of Night 262: Neil wouldnt even tell the cops about the stolen guns — wouldnt even check the hockshops.|
|(con. late 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 607: He had got two dollars at a hock shop – it wasn’t much of a camera.|
|Bachman Books (1995) 572: Molie ran a Dock Street hockshop.Running Man in|
|Candy 46: The hock-shop door was locked.|
2. a prison.
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 616: He’s a three time loser and the smartest joe in this hockshop.|
caught in the act.
|Vocabulum 42: Caught in hock; caught by the heels. ‘If the cove should be caught in the hock he won’t snickle,’ if the fellow should be caught in the act, he would not tell.|
(N.Z.) to get rid of, to dump.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
1. in prison; thus the reverse, out of hock.
|Vocabulum 113: Among thieves a man is in hock, when he is in prison .|
|Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) 25 Jan. 5/5: An Embezzler in Hoc [sic]. Sherrify James Ferguson, of Wyandotte, passed through this city yesterday with a prisoner [...] whom he had arrested [...] upon the charge of embezzling [DA].|
|Back to the Woods 60: I [...] rushed away to formulate some plan to get Bunch out of hock.|
|Zone Policeman 88 134: To-day there will arrive and also be put in hock the three gents whose names you have there.|
|Broadway Brevities Aug. 40/1: Betty stuck and finally had Cook trundled over to the night-court [...] Dave hastily donned his galluses, taxied unto the station and took Cook out of hock.|
|Rocky Mountain News (Denver) 13 Nov. in AS III:3 255/1: In hock, in hospital, out of town, away—In prison.|
|Milk and Honey Route (1930) 194: It was a scheme to get me lousy when they landed me in hock.‘The Old Cook County Jail’ in Stiff|
|Little Sister 150: This ex-Cleveland gangster was supposed to be in hock at the County Jail.|
|DAUL 79/2: Get one out of hock. 1. To get one out on bail. 2. (P) To effect one’s release from punishment cells; (by extension) to get one out of his cell any time, as when the guard inadvertently neglects to leave him out for recreation, church services, etc.et al.|
|Young Wolves 121: I oughta save this for the spring-lawyer to get Pop outa hock.|
2. (US) out of sight, suspended from one’s occupation.
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 23 Nov. 2/2: How was it that a certain ‘peeler’ was recently kept ‘in hock’ on the quiet, until the ‘bloke’ had sailed from the city?|
3. in pawn; thus the reverse, out of hock.
|DA].Oratorical Stump Speaker 26: My other coat’s in hock [|
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 270: Torquato Tasso [...] put his father’s sword, four sheets, two table-covers, and an embroidered lawn toga in hock for twenty-five lira.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 7: With the whole bankroll gone and the old cannon in hock, he is still at it.|
|Detective Story 19 Oct. [Internet] You mean th’ nickel-grabbers couldn’t drag in enough jack t’ keep th’ subway out of hock?‘Mr Clacksworthy Tells the Truth’|
|Chicago May (1929) 249: I also got his clothes out of hock, but could never find my own coat, which the Jane had pawned.|
|Just Enough Liebling (2004) 259: He asked me for a loan of three dollars so he could get his teeth out of hock to con a sucker.‘The Jollity Building’ in|
|Really the Blues 29: I went right down to take my old flute out of hock.|
|Riverslake 124: Most of them went into hock for a flash bike, or a car.|
|City of Night 135: Theyll certainly understand what a girl feels like with all her drag clothes in hock!|
|Get Your Ass in the Water 11: She feeds me when I’m hungry, keeps my clothes out a soak [hock], / and as long as I got this fabulous old broad I can’t be broke.|
|Homeboy 22: Their’s [i.e. a television] had been in hock these last two weeks.|
|Guardian G2 17 Mar. 18: They’d already be in hock.|
|Big Boat to Bye-Bye 142: ‘Did he have big debts? Was he in hock to the mob?’.|
4. indebted to, owing both money and metaphorical debts; thus the reverse, out of hock.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 170: I [...] got some duds out of hock.|
|Boss 135: The Chief has got that jurist in hock to him, d’y see!|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 136: Most o them were ‘in hock to the club’ at the beginning of every season.‘Loosening Up of Hogan’ in|
|Fighting Blood 87: Here I go and put myself in hock to Nate Shapiro for more dough than I ever seen in my life so’s to help Mrs. Willcox out of a hole, and the only enemy I got in the wide, wide world gets the credit for it!|
|You Can’t Win 390: I was in hock to friends who saved me from a heavy sentence.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 595: I am pretty much in hock here and there.‘That Ever-Loving Wife of Hymie’s’ in|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 108: I want to get Holiday out of hock.|
|USA Confidential 20: A borrower never gets out of hock.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 212: These men had their lives in hock.|
|Rockabilly (1963) 162: He’s been getting into hock more and more.|
|letter 16 Jan. in Charters II (1999) 465: He said, ‘Don’t get in hock with the publishers, just sell my letters that I wrote to you.’.|
|Scruples 293: The Belmondo film went down the toilet, I’m in hock, Maggie.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 282: Did you ever know a pimp who was in hock? Did you ever know a cop who wasn’t?|
|G’DAY 1: The Foster family are up to their eyes in hock. They used to live in a unit in Bondi but they got turfed out.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 382: I told her you still love dope and you’re in hock to some bookies.|
|Indep. Rev. 5 May 10: It concerns a cocky gambler [...] in hock to a hooligan bookie.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 19: Now here he was [...] still in hock to Les for two hundred dollars.|
5. in trouble.
|Argosy All-Story 30 Dec. [Internet] Unless we prepare to meet Japan in the fast approaching future, the Japs will soon be hanging around Times Square like locusts, and then we’ll all be in hock.‘Art for Artie’ in|
(US tramp) impoverished.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 137: On the Hocks.–Literally, standing. Impoverished.|
|A Steady Rain I i: joey: And across the living room the screen on the big set… denny: …the 52-incher, the one we just knobbed on hock from Best Buy.|