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Definition: by hook or by crook
by hook or by crook
adv : in any way necessary; “I'll pass this course by hook or by
[syn: by any means
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Definition: By hook or by crook
(h[oo^]k; 277), n. [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D.
haak, G. hake, haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, Icel.
haki, Sw. hake, Dan. hage. Cf. Arquebuse
a half door, Heckle
1. A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent
into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or
sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook
for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.
2. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on
which a door or gate hangs and turns.
3. An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an
instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.
Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook.
4. (Steam Engin.) See Eccentric
, and V-hook
5. A snare; a trap. [R.] --Shak.
6. A field sown two years in succession. [Prov. Eng.]
7. pl. The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; --
called also hook bones
8. (Geog.) A spit or narrow cape of sand or gravel turned
landward at the outer end; as, Sandy Hook in New Jersey.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
9. (Sports) The curving motion of a ball, as in bowling or
baseball, curving away from the hand which threw the ball;
in golf, a curving motion in the direction of the golfer
who struck the ball.
10. (Computers) A procedure within the encoding of a computer
program which allows the user to modify the program so as
to import data from or export data to other programs.
By hook or by crook
, one way or other; by any means, direct
or indirect. --Milton. “In hope her to attain by hook or
Off the hook
, freed from some obligation or difficulty; as,
to get off the hook by getting someone else to do the job.
Off the hooks
, unhinged; disturbed; disordered. [Colloq.]
“In the evening, by water, to the Duke of Albemarle, whom
I found mightly off the hooks that the ships are not gone
out of the river.”
On one's own hook
, on one's own account or responsibility;
by one's self. [Colloq. U.S.] --Bartlett.
To go off the hooks
, to die. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.
, a small boat hook.
. See under Chain
, a horizontal knee or frame, in the bow of a
ship, on which the forward part of the deck rests.
Hook and eye
, one of the small wire hooks and loops for
fastening together the opposite edges of a garment, etc.
(Zo["o]l.), the strongly curved beak of a bird.
, a ladder with hooks at the end by which it can
be suspended, as from the top of a wall.
(Steam Engin.), a valve gear which is reversed
by V hooks.
, any squid which has the arms furnished with
hooks, instead of suckers, as in the genera
, a wrench or spanner, having a hook at the end,
instead of a jaw, for turning a bolthead, nut, or
(kr[oo^]k), n. [OE. crok; akin to Icel. kr[=o]kr
hook, bend, SW. krok, Dan. krog, OD. krooke; or cf. Gael.
crocan crook, hook, W. crwca crooked. Cf. Crosier
1. A bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure.
Through lanes, and crooks, and darkness. --Phaer.
2. Any implement having a bent or crooked end. Especially:
(a) The staff used by a shepherd, the hook of which serves
to hold a runaway sheep.
(b) A bishop's staff of office. Cf. Pastoral staff
He left his crook, he left his flocks. --Prior.
3. A pothook. “As black as the crook.”
--Sir W. Scott.
4. An artifice; trick; tricky device; subterfuge.
For all yuor brags, hooks, and crooks. --Cranmer.
5. (Mus.) A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet,
horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.
6. A person given to fraudulent practices; an accomplice of
thieves, forgers, etc. [Cant, U.S.]
By hook or by crook
, in some way or other; by fair means or