[hok; Scot. hokh]
verb (used with object)
  1. Scot. to hamstring.
verb (used without object)
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for houghing


  1. another word for hock 1
  2. (hɒx) in Scotland, a cut of meat corresponding to shin
verb (tr)
  1. to hamstring (cattle, horses, etc)

Word Origin for hough

C14: from Old English hōh heel
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