nook and cranny, every

Everywhere, as in I've searched for it in every nook and cranny, and I still can't find it. This metaphoric idiom pairs nook, which has meant “an out-of-the-way corner” since the mid-1300s, with cranny, which has meant “a crack or crevice” since about 1440. Neither noun is heard much other than in this idiom.


Nearby words

  1. noodling,
  2. noogie,
  3. noogoora burr,
  4. nooit,
  5. nook,
  6. nookery,
  7. nookie,
  8. nooky,
  9. noon,
  10. noonan's syndrome

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