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hough

[hok; Scot. hokh] /hɒk; Scot. hɒx/
noun
1.
Scot. hock1 (defs 1, 2).
verb (used with object)
2.
Scot. to hamstring.
verb (used without object)
3.
British Dialect Obsolete. to clear the throat; hack.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see hock1
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British Dictionary definitions for houghed

hough

/hɒk/
noun
1.
another word for hock1
2.
(hɒx). in Scotland, a cut of meat corresponding to shin
verb (transitive)
3.
to hamstring (cattle, horses, etc)
Word Origin
C14: from Old English hōh heel
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houghed in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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