Basic Guidelines For English Spellings
variant spelling of hock (sense 1)
verb[with object]archaic British
Disable (a person or animal) by cutting the hamstrings.‘his cattle were houghed in the night’
- ‘And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.’
- ‘The four had been accused ‘of theft, inbringing of thieves, murder, mutilation, fireraising, [and] houghing of oxe.’’
Old English hōh ‘heel’, of Germanic origin; related to heel.
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