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Hooks

[ hoo ks ]
/ hʊks /
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noun

Benjamin Lawson,1925–2010, U.S. lawyer, clergyman, and civil-rights advocate: executive director of the NAACP 1977–93.

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curve, fasten, fix, pin, angle, holder, lock, crook, grapple, link, catch, peg, hasp, clasp, grapnel, secure, entrap, ensnare, bag, enmesh

Definition for hooks (2 of 3)

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
Related formshook·less, adjectivehook·like, adjective
Can be confusedpenance pennants

Definition for hooks (3 of 3)

hook

2
[ hoo k ]
/ hʊk /

verb (used without object)

Slang. to work as a prostitute.

Origin of hook

2
back formation from hooker1
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British Dictionary definitions for hooks

hook

/ (hʊk) /

noun

verb

See also hook-up
Derived Formshookless, adjectivehooklike, adjective

Word Origin for hook

Old English hōc; related to Middle Dutch hōk, Old Norse haki
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with hooks

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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