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Mohock

[moh-hok]
noun
  1. one of a group of aristocratic ruffians who attacked people at night on the streets of London in the early part of the 18th century.
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Origin of Mohock

First recorded in 1705–15; variant of Mohawk
Related formsMo·hock·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for mohock

Historical Examples

  • I hear my friend Lewis has got a Mohock in one of the messenger's hands.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • He boxed the watch; he fuddled himself at taverns; he was no better than a Mohock.

    The Newcomes

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • While you were arrested, your boxes were searched for the Mohock's letters to you.

    The Virginians

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Although you bit him in that affair of the horse, the Mohock will certainly take you out of pawn.

    The Virginians

    William Makepeace Thackeray


British Dictionary definitions for mohock

Mohock

noun
  1. (in 18th-century London) one of a group of aristocratic ruffians, who attacked people in the streets at night
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Word Origin

C18: variant of Mohawk 1
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