[hok; Scot. hokh]
- Scot. hock1(defs 1, 2).
- Scot. to hamstring.
- British Dialect Obsolete. to clear the throat; hack.
Origin of hough
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at hock1
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Examples from the Web for houghed
These were smugglers' horses, clipped to the skin, with houghed manes, and tails and bodies sleek with soft soap.The Adventures of Harry Revel
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Wasn't my grandfather a Tory hunter, who houghed and hanged more bloody Papishes—'Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent
Joshua had houghed the horses of the Canaanites, and burned their chariots at Misrephoth-maim.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
At one signal the horses were to be houghed with these instruments, and the infantry attacked with poniards.Letters from Spain
Joseph Blanco White
The Etonians, in order to secure the ram, houghed him in the Irish fashion, and then attacked him with great clubs.The Parent's Assistant
- another word for hock 1
- (hɒx) in Scotland, a cut of meat corresponding to shin
- to hamstring (cattle, horses, etc)
C14: from Old English hōh heel
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