William did so like a true professional, nestling the mercifully quiet baby comfortably in the crook of his arm.
Once I exposed the leading citizen of Dallas, the very top guy, as a crook who had stolen money.
The least it could do is put the crook behind bars and give us our money back.
“The minute someone becomes ‘ our crook,’ we become complicit in our own defeat,” Kucinich warned.
The crook then produces a MetroCard of his own and offers to swipe the would-be traveler through—for a premium price.
A charm like that, she gave me to understand, I must by hook or by crook obtain.
"I'm a crook because it pays me to be a crook," said the girl calmly.
crook came out of the woods so suddenly and silently that the Confederates at that end of the line were simply astounded.
It was a foregone conclusion that they would consider him a fakir and a crook.
Here we have our author in evening dress, passing as a man of society at a banquet of the rich, shadowing a "high-flyer" crook.
early 13c., "hook-shaped instrument or weapon," from Old Norse krokr "hook, corner," cognate with Old High German kracho "hooked tool," of obscure origin but perhaps related to a widespread group of Germanic kr- words meaning "bent, hooked." Meaning "swindler" is American English, 1879, from crooked in figurative sense of "dishonest" (1708). Crook "dishonest trick" was in Middle English.
A habitual or professional criminal; a consistently dishonest person: The chief said, ''I'm not a crook'' (1870s+)
To steal: He crooked my socks (1940s+)