the foot, or the foot and ankle; usu. in pl.; thus curby hocks n., round or clumsy feet.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Hocks. vulgar appellation for the feet. You have left the marks of your dirty hocks on my clean stairs; a frequent complaint from a mop squeezer to a footman.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Old Eng. Gentleman (1847) 294: If a man is down upon his hocks, he requires more stimulants, than if he was going it cheerily on his daisy-trimmers.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Mar. 5/1: All you want now is a lintseed poultice on your hock and a bowl of gruel with a wooden spoon, to be declared ‘evidently’ the inheritor of the high qualities of the noblest of the Browns.|
|Sporting Times 20 Jan. 2/2: I’ve got a welting man on / My blooming back, and, oh! my hocks!|
|Let Tomorrow Come 42: I’m sleeping on the hocks in that blind. [Ibid.] 147: Sit down an’ rest your hocks.|
|Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1995) 42: Drop dem britches below yo’ hocks, and git down on yo’ knees.|
|Sexus (1969) 374: A pair of every kind hanging by the hocks.|
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 199: In the end he was blood from head to hocks and all over the place like a mad woman’s custard.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 158: She had long curly locks and big fine hocks, / a lovely leg to caress and hold.|
(US) to go fast.
|Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories 47: Dust, you son of a gun! Rattle your hocks!|
|Cowboy Lingo 190: Grab yo’ heifer an’ rattle yo’ hocks.|