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noun

Chiefly Scot. a large hook, especially one fixed to the inside walls of a house to hold clothing, pots, or food.
Golf: Older Use. a club with an iron head, a narrow face, and little slope, used for shots from a poor lie on the fairway and sometimes for putting.

verb (used with object), claught or cleeked or claucht, cleeked, cleek·ing.

Chiefly Scot. to grasp or seize (something) suddenly and eagerly; snatch.

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Origin of cleek

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English (Scots ) cleke “hook,” derivative of cleke “to take hold of,” variant of cleche, akin to clutch1
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cleek

cleik

/ (kliːk) /

noun

mainly Scot a large hook, such as one used to land fish
golf a former name for a club, corresponding to the modern No. 1 or No. 2 iron, used for long low shots

Word Origin for cleek

C15: of uncertain origin
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