hock vs hawk : Common Errors in English

About hock vs hawk

People who pawn goods at a pawnshop hock them. That’s why such places are sometimes called “hock shops.”Vendors who proclaim aloud the availability of their goods on the street hawk them. Such people are called “hawkers.”The latter word is used metaphorically of people or businesses aggressively promoting anything for sale. They are not “hocking their wares” (or worse, “hocking their wears”), but “hawking their wares.”

hock Meaning(s)

  • (n) any of several white wines from the Rhine River valley in Germany (`hock' is British usage)
  • (n) tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle
  • (v) leave as a guarantee in return for money
  • (v) disable by cutting the hock

hawk Meaning(s)

  • (n) diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
  • (n) an advocate of an aggressive policy on foreign relations
  • (n) a square board with a handle underneath; used by masons to hold or carry mortar
  • (v) sell or offer for sale from place to place
  • (v) hunt with hawks
  • (v) clear mucus or food from one's throat

hock in News

  1. Photo: Lemonade Relief

    Clara Ferguson, 5, left, Wesley Torgerson, 5, center, and his brother, Leif, 8, hock their freshly made lemonade along Glacier Highway on Monday.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Juneau Empire

  2. Texas freshman Johannes Hock wins the deepest decathlon in NCAA history

    The last event of the decathlon was the ultimate test of determination for Johannes Hock and Jeremy Taiwo in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday at Hayward Field. Hock, the 20-year-old freshman from Germany who competes for Texas, entered the 1,500 meters with a 171-point lead over …
    on June 7, 2013 Source: The Register-Guard

  3. Hock makes last race count

    The last event of the decathlon was the ultimate test of determination for Johannes Hock and Jeremy Taiwo in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday at Hayward Field. Hock, the 20-year-old freshman from Germany who competes for Texas, entered the 1,500 meters with a 171-point lead over …
    on June 7, 2013 Source: The Register-Guard

hawk in News

  1. Black Hawk, Western Illinois reach transfer pact

    Officials from Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University signed a reverse transfer agreement this week that will allow Western Illinois students to transfer credits to Black Hawk College to complete an associate’s degree in arts, fine arts or science.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Quad-City Times

  2. Jackpots Are Heating Up at Red Hawk Casino

    The slot jackpots at Red Hawk Casino are heating up in June, with two lucky players taking home a total of more than $70,000.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. 6 Black Hawk helicopters expected to land at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport this afternoon

    Six military Black Hawk helicopters are expected to land at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport today around 4 p.m., according to Betsy Willis, administrative assistant at the airport. The helicopt...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Rome News-Tribune

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