Idioms for hook

Origin of hook

1
before 900; 1830–40, Americanism for def 36; Middle English hoke (noun and v.), Old English hōc (noun); cognate with Dutch hoek hook, angle, corner; akin to German Haken, Old Norse haki

OTHER WORDS FROM hook

hook·less, adjectivehook·like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hook

penance pennants
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British Dictionary definitions for by hook or by crook

hook
/ (hʊk) /

noun

verb

See also hook-up

Derived forms of hook

hookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective

Word Origin for hook

Old English hōc; related to Middle Dutch hōk, Old Norse haki
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Culture definitions for by hook or by crook

by hook or by crook

By whatever means possible, fair or unfair: “Polly was determined to get an A on the exam by hook or by crook.”

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Idioms and Phrases with by hook or by crook

hook

In addition to the idioms beginning with hook

  • hook or crook
  • hook up

also see:

  • by hook or crook
  • off the hook
  • on one's own account (hook)
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