That's as firm as the Rock of Cashel—as firm as the hob of hell.
The fire was burning brightly, and the kettle was singing on the hob.
First the players pitch from the hob to the Scop, and the one who gets nearest goes first.
His tea was ready for him on the hob, and they all tried who should help him to it most.
The coffee-pot was puffing like a little steam-engine on the hob, and Jantje was cutting the new bread into good thick slices.
hob or nob is explained by him to mean "Will you have a glass of wine or not?"
If he knocks off any of the Cots and Twisses nearer to the players than the hob is, he claims them.
The kettle chooses to sit still on the hob; the eagle to recline on the air.
Now, whatever error the hob thread receives from hardening it transfers to the chaser it cuts.
“Come, doctor, let you and I hob and nob,” said the first-lieutenant.
"side of fireplace," 1670s, alteration of hubbe (1510s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to the first element in hobnail.