The Etonians, in order to secure the ram, houghed him in the Irish fashion, and then attacked him with great clubs.
Wasn't my grandfather a Tory hunter, who houghed and hanged more bloody Papishes—'
These were smugglers' horses, clipped to the skin, with houghed manes, and tails and bodies sleek with soft soap.
Joshua had houghed the horses of the Canaanites, and burned their chariots at Misrephoth-maim.
At one signal the horses were to be houghed with these instruments, and the infantry attacked with poniards.
MacLaren died, and about the same time his cattle were houghed, and his live stock destroyed in a barbarous manner.
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.