crook·​ery | \ ˈkru̇-kə-rē How to pronounce crookery (audio) \

Definition of crookery

: crooked dealings or practices

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Examples of crookery in a Sentence

the dealer encouraged his sales reps to engage in crookery of all sorts, so long as it sold cars
Recent Examples on the Web But most of all, the NCAA needs Ogunbowale to remind the public that the collegiate model is worth defending, and that the enterprise is more than just crookery. Sally Jenkins,, "As Arike Ogunbowale dances with gusto, the NCAA sidesteps with cowardice," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of crookery

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crookery was in 1927

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“Crookery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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