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[hok; Scot. hokh] /hɒk; Scot. hɒx/
Scot. hock1 (defs 1, 2).
verb (used with object)
Scot. to hamstring.
verb (used without object)
British Dialect Obsolete. to clear the throat; hack.
Origin of hough
1300-50; Middle English; see hock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Etonians, in order to secure the ram, houghed him in the Irish fashion, and then attacked him with great clubs.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • 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.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • 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.

    Letters from Spain Joseph Blanco White
  • MacLaren died, and about the same time his cattle were houghed, and his live stock destroyed in a barbarous manner.

British Dictionary definitions for houghed


another word for hock1
(hɒx). in Scotland, a cut of meat corresponding to shin
verb (transitive)
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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