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by hook or (by) crook

by any means, legal or illegal. I'll get the job done by hook or by crook. I must have that house. I intend to get it by hook or crook.
See also: crook, hook

by hook or by crook

using any method possible Templeton was recruited to obtain the formula by hook or by crook.
See also: crook, hook

by hook or by crook

if you intend to do something by hook or by crook, you are determined not to let anything stop you doing it and are ready to use any methods I decided that I was going to get that job by hook or by crook.
See also: crook, hook

by hook or crook

By any means possible, in one way or another. For example, The car broke down, but I'll get there by hook or crook. This term has a disputed origin. A widely held theory is that it comes from the custom of allowing commoners to take as much wood from royal forests as they could reach with a shepherd's crook and cut down with a billhook. [1300s] Also see the synonym by any means.
See also: crook, hook

crook one's elbow

Also, bend one's elbow. Drink liquor, especially a great deal. For example, Bill is known to crook his elbow now and then, or Uncle Joe rather overdoes it with bending his elbow. Both slangy expressions allude to the motion of lifting a drink to one's lips, which involves bending the elbow. The first dates from about 1820, and the second from about 1900.
See also: crook, elbow

by hook or by crook

By whatever means possible, fair or unfair.
See also: crook, hook

by hook or by crook

By any means necessary to accomplish the purpose; one way or another. Several explanations for this phrase have come down over the years. One is that it refers to two Irish towns, Hook Head and Crook, through which Oliver Cromwell tried to capture the nearby city of Waterford. Another is a medieval custom of allowing villagers to collect for firewood any loose branches that they could pull down with a long-handled curved implement. A third explanation is the most plausible: shepherds rounded up their flocks by means of a crook, a long staff with a curved end. A shepherd would chase after a reluctant ram, ewe, or lamb and hook it with his staff by any means . . . by hook or by crook.
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But the man with the crooked nose was sitting waiting for his return, with his hat still insolently on his head, and actually reading one of my brother's books under my brother's lamp.
The man changed colour so horribly that the crooked nose stood out on his face like a separate and comic thing.
Philippa's crooked mouth flashed into a bewitching, crooked smile over very white little teeth.
Step down the steps," says the man with the crooked nose, "and I will enter by the door above and let ye in.
He's a poor crooked creature, and takes after his dead mother.
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my Dad straightened out the crooked men in the old laundry shed
Project Scope : Project provides for the installation of the Crooked Creek Relief Interceptor - 1,000LF of 24-in line and 3,700LF of 27-in relief sewer line, North Fork Crooked Creek Interceptor - 5,800 LF of 21-in replacement sewer line, South Fork Crooked Creek Interceptor - 2,900 LF of 15-in line and 500 LF of 18-in replacement sewer line, Forest Park North Tributary - 2,100 ft.
Last year the Crooked Ways Festival at Pontefract, featured Razorlight, Reverend & The Makers, The Sunshine Underground and King Charles.
These barons are liquid drug dealers, and just like the scum who peddle powdered poison, their survival hinges on a crooked public.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, his third novel, takes its name from the children's rhyme for spelling Mississippi: "M, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, humpback, humpback, I.
The objective of this study was to develop an efficient method for using crooked sugi (Cryptomeriajaponica D.
There Was a Crooked Man" is a novel that tackles this concept as said crooked man delves into the past for his own methods, but the law is not too far behind.
The securities regulators found a small number of index annuity agents who were acting in crooked ways and from this convinced the SEC that all index annuity agents were crooks.
Fuller dedicated the past year to landing one manual, one kickflip, and one crooked grind.