hock vs hawk : Common Errors in English

hock or 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.”
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  • 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

  • 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
    the tribes like to hawk in the desert
  • v  clear mucus or food from one's throat
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  • Hock a semifinalist for The Bowerman
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    June 17, 2013 - Texas Longhorns