[hok; Scot. hokh]

1300–50; Middle English; see hock1

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hough (hɒk)
1.  another word for hock
2.  in Scotland, a cut of meat corresponding to shin
3.  to hamstring (cattle, horses, etc)
[C14: from Old English hōh heel]

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Hough definition

to hamstring, i.e., sever the "tendon of Achilles" of the hinder legs of captured horses (Josh. 11:6; 2 Sam. 8:4; 1 Chr. 18:4), so as to render them useless.

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T hough the gang was funded by criminal ventures, including the narcotics trade, its motivation was never primarily greed.
Hough was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.
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