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Hob’s Pound

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To be in Hob’s pound is to be under difficulties, in great embarrassment. Hob is a clownish rustic, and hoberd is a fool or neʹer-do-well. To be in Hob’s pound is to be in the pound of a hob or hoberd—i.e. paying for one’s folly.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Hobbism
Hobbler
Hobby
Hobby-horse
Hobedy-hoig
Hobgoblin
Hobinol
Hoblers or Hovellers
Hobnail
Hob Nob
Hob’s Pound
Hobson’s Choice
Hock
Hock Cart
Hock-day or Hock Tuesday
Hockey
Hocking
Hockley-i-the-Hole
Hocus Pocus
Hocussed
Hodeken