raise hob


2 [hob]
a hobgoblin or elf.
play hob with, to do mischief or harm to: The child played hob with my radio, and now it won't work at all.
raise hob, to cause a destructive commotion; behave disruptively: They raised such hob with their antagonistic questions that the meeting broke up.

1275–1325; Middle English, special use of Hob, for Robert or Robin

hoblike, adjective
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hob1 (hɒb)
1.  the flat top part of a cooking stove, or a separate flat surface, containing hotplates or burners
2.  a shelf beside an open fire, for keeping kettles, etc, hot
3.  a steel pattern used in forming a mould or die in cold metal
4.  a hard steel rotating cutting tool used in machines for cutting gears
vb , hobs, hobbing, hobbed
5.  (tr) to cut or form with a hob
[C16: variant of obsolete hubbe, of unknown origin; perhaps related to hub]

hob2 (hɒb)
1.  a hobgoblin or elf
2.  a male ferret
3.  informal (US) raise hob, play hob to cause mischief or disturbance
[C14: variant of Rob, short for Robin or Robert]

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Word Origin & History

"side of fireplace," 1674, alt. of hubbe (1511), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to the first element in hobnail (q.v.).

"clown, prankster," short for hobgoblin (q.v.). Hence, to play the hob "make mischief" (1838).
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