There was only that--and the extending arm, the crooking finger, the black mouth of the automatic seeking his heart.
Could settle the deadliest quarrel in the country by crooking his little finger.
"You," Wotar said quietly, crooking a long forefinger at the cave-man.
Zoe runs to the chandelier and, crooking her leg, adjusts the mantle.
Result was, Bradley was crooking his elbow a great deal too often lately and going off every way.
At the crooking of his captain's finger, he walked back to the bench.
"Come along, Elsie," he said, crooking his left arm for her.
Peter Ball could make her cry by crooking his little finger at her.
He drew me close to him by crooking his arm and as my head came up past his level he caught me by my collar with his teeth!
He opened the door and, crooking his finger, beckoned to Lipa.
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+)