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by hook or by crook

Definition of by hook or by crook

informal

  1. :  by any possible means <She was determined to succeed by hook or by crook.>



Word by Word Definitions

hookplay
  1. :  a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling

    :  something intended to attract and ensnare

    :  anchor

  1. :  to form into a hook :  crook

    :  to seize or make fast by or as if by a hook

    :  steal, pilfer

crookplay
  1. :  bend

    :  curve, wind

  1. : :  an implement having a bent or hooked form: as

    :  pothook

    :  a shepherd's staff

  1. : :  not right:

    :  unsatisfactory

    :  dishonest, crooked


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