E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A generic name for a farm-labourer or peasant. (Said to be an abbreviated form of Roger, as Hob is of Rob or Robin.)
Promises held out in order to gain the votes of the agricultural labourers; promises given simply to obtain the vote of Hodge, who will soon find out that his vote was all that was wanted.Newspaper paragraph, Dec., 1885.