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By hook or by crookHook Hook, n. [OE. hok, AS. h[=o]c; cf. D. haak, G. hake,
haken, OHG. h[=a]ko, h[=a]go, h[=a]ggo, Icel. haki, Sw. hake,
Dan. hage. Cf. Arquebuse, Hagbut, Hake, Hatch a half
1. A piece of metal, or other hard material, formed or bent
into a curve or at an angle, for catching, holding, or
sustaining anything; as, a hook for catching fish; a hook
for fastening a gate; a boat hook, etc.
2. That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on
which a door or gate hangs and turns.
3. An implement for cutting grass or grain; a sickle; an
instrument for cutting or lopping; a billhook.
Like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook.
4. (Steam Engin.) See Eccentric, and V-hook.
5. A snare; a trap. [R.] --Shak.
6. A field sown two years in succession. [Prov. Eng.]
7. pl. The projecting points of the thigh bones of cattle; --
called also hook bones.
By hook or by crook, one way or other; by any means, direct
or indirect. --Milton. ``In hope her to attain by hook or
Off the hooks, unhinged; disturbed; disordered. [Colloq.]
``In the evening, by water, to the Duke of Albemarle, whom
I found mightly off the hooks that the ships are not gone
out of the river.' --Pepys.
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