verb (used without object), hock·led, hock·ling.
(of a rope) to have the yarns spread and kinked through twisting in use.
the spreading and kinking of the yarns in a rope strand.
Origin of hockle
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verb hockles, hockled or hockling (intr)
Northumbrian dialect to spit
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