Hobnail liver(Med.), a disease in which the liver is shrunken, hard, and covered with projections like hobnails; one of the forms of cirrhosis of the liver.

(Hob"nail`), v. t. To tread down roughly, as with hobnailed shoes.

Your rights and charters hobnailed into slush.

(Hob"nailed`) a. See with hobnails, as a shoe.

(Hob"nob`) adv. [AS. habban to have + habban to have not; ne not + habban to have. See Have, and cf. Habnab.]

1. Have or have not; — a familiar invitation to reciprocal drinking. Shak.

2. At random; hit or miss. (Obs.) Holinshed.

(Hob"nob`), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hornobbed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hornobbing.]

1. To drink familiarly (with another). [ Written also hob-a-nob.]

2. To associate familiarly; to be on intimate terms.

(Hob"nob`), n. Familiar, social intercourse. W. Black.

(Hob"or*nob`) adv. See Hobnob.

(Ho"boy) n. A hautboy or oboe. [Obs.]

Hobson's choice
(Hob"son's choice") A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing.

It is said to have had its origin in the name of one Hobson, at Cambridge, England, who let horses, and required every customer to take in his turn the horse which stood next the stable door.

(Hoc"co) n. (Zoöl.) The crested curassow; — called also royal pheasant. See Curassow.

(Hoche"pot) n. Hotchpot. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Hock) n. [So called from Hochheim, in Germany.] A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still. The name is also given indiscriminately to all Rhenish wines.

(Hock, Hough) n. [ AS. hh the heel; prob. akin to Icel. hasinn hock sinew, Dan. hasc, G. hechse, hächse, LG. hacke, D. hak; also to L. coxa hip (cf. Cuisses), Skr. kaksha armpit. &radic12. Cf. Heel.]

1. (a) The joint in the hind limb of quadrupeds between the leg and shank, or tibia and tarsus, and corresponding to the ankle in man. (b) A piece cut by butchers, esp. in pork, from either the front or hind leg, just above the foot.

(Hob"i*ler) n.[See 2d Hobbler.] A light horseman. See 2d Hobbler. [Obs.] Brande & C.

(Ho"bit) n. [See Howitzer.] (Mil.) A small mortar on a gun carriage, in use before the howitzer.

(Hob"nail`) n. [1st hob + nail.]

1. A short, sharp-pointed, large- headed nail, — used in shoeing houses and for studding the soles of heavy shoes.

2. A clownish person; a rustic. Milton.

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