Pronounced: MIZ-uhl, noun/verb

Notes: This is another word with multiple origins and meanings

Yesterday’s word

The word hoick means “to move or pull abruptly: yank”

Background / Comments

It is thought that this word is an alteration of the verb hike, which is itself akin to hitch. Although the word can be used for any type of abrupt pulling movement, it is commonly used for the sudden pulling back on the joystick of an airplane or a rough, jerky movement when rowing or a jerky, elevated shot in cricket. In fox hunting, “hoicks” is used to call attention to a hound that has picked up the scent and to bring the pack together.

First usage

The word came into usage in the late 1800s

Published by Richard

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