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 Hob Nob.Hobson’s Choice. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hob’s Pound.
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 ne’er-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.   1

 Hob Nob.Hobson’s Choice. 

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