a or elf.
play hob with, to do mischief or harm to:
The child played hob with my radio, and now it won’t work at all.
raise hob, to cause a destructive commotion; behave disruptively:
They raised such hob with their antagonistic questions that the meeting broke up.
(Brit) the flat top part of a cooking stove, or a separate flat surface, containing hotplates or burners
a shelf beside an open fire, for keeping kettles, etc, hot
a steel pattern used in forming a mould or die in cold metal
a hard steel rotating cutting tool used in machines for cutting gears
verb hobs, hobbing, hobbed
(transitive) to cut or form with a hob
a hobgoblin or elf
a male ferret
(US, informal) raise hob, play hob, to cause mischief or disturbance
“side of fireplace,” 1670s, alteration of hubbe (1510s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to the first element in hobnail.
“clown, prankster,” short for hobgoblin (q.v.). Hence, to play (the) hob “make mischief” (by 1834).
[hob-neyl] /ˈhɒbˌneɪl/ noun 1. a large-headed for protecting the soles of heavy boots and shoes. 2. a small allover pattern consisting of small tufts, as on fabrics, or of small studs, as on glass. /ˈhɒbˌneɪl/ noun 1. n. 1590s, the first element probably identical with hob “rounded peg or pin used as a mark or […]
- Hobnail cell
hobnail cell hob·nail cell (hŏb’nāl’) n. A cell in a mesonephroma having a round expansion of clear cytoplasm projecting into the lumen of neoplastic tubules and a narrow, basal part containing the nucleus.
[hob-neyld] /ˈhɒbˌneɪld/ adjective 1. furnished with . 2. rustic or loutish.
- Hobnail liver
hobnail liver n. A nodular appearance of the liver surface due to cirrhosis.