hook

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1hook

noun \ˈhk\

: a curved or bent tool for catching, holding, or pulling something

: a ball or shot in golf and other games that curves to the side instead of going straight

boxing : a punch coming from the side of the body instead of going straight forward

Full Definition of HOOK

1
a :  a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling
b :  something intended to attract and ensnare
c :  anchor 1
2
:  something curved or bent like a hook; especially plural :  fingers
3
:  a flight or course of a ball that deviates from straight in a direction opposite to the dominant hand of the player propelling it; also :  a ball following such a course — compare slice
4
:  a short blow delivered with a circular motion by a boxer while the elbow remains bent and rigid
5
:  hook shot
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7
:  quick or summary removal —used with get or give <the pitcher got the hook after giving up three runs>
8
:  a device especially in music or writing that catches the attention
9
:  a selling point or marketing scheme
10
:  cradle 1b(2)
by hook or by crook
:  by any means
off the hook
1
:  out of trouble
2
:  free of responsibility or accountability
on one's own hook
:  by oneself :  independently

Examples of HOOK

  1. She hit a hook into the left rough.
  2. He threw a right hook to his opponent's body.

Origin of HOOK

Middle English, from Old English hōc; akin to Middle Dutch hoec fishhook, corner, Lithuanian kengė hook
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

2hook

verb

: to connect or attach (something) with a hook

: to be attached by hooks

: to catch (something, such as a fish) with a hook

Full Definition of HOOK

transitive verb
1
:  to form into a hook :  crook
2
a :  to seize or make fast by or as if by a hook
b :  to connect by or as if by a hook —often used with up
3
:  steal, pilfer
4
:  to make (as a rug) by drawing loops of yarn, thread, or cloth through a coarse fabric with a hook
5
:  to hit or throw (a ball) so that a hook results
intransitive verb
1
:  to form a hook :  curve
2
:  to become hooked
3
:  to work as a prostitute

Examples of HOOK

  1. The train cars were hooked together.
  2. My sweater was hooked on a branch.
  3. I hooked the door shut.
  4. The dress hooks in the back.
  5. The two parts hooked together.
  6. He hooked a large fish.
  7. He hooked his arm around my neck.
  8. She hooked her fingers around the doorknob.
  9. He hooked his thumb through a loop of his pants.

First Known Use of HOOK

13th century

hook

noun \ˈhk\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HOOK

1
: an instrument used in surgery to take hold of tissue <a crypt hook> <a cordotomy hook>
2
: an anatomical part that resembles a hook

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