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(as) crooked as a barrel of fish hooks

Very unscrupulous and deceptive. Paul's never run an honest business in his life—that guy is as crooked as a barrel of fish hooks.
See also: barrel, crooked, fish, hook, of

*crooked as a barrel of fish hooks

 and *crooked as a fish hook; *crooked as a dog's hind leg
very dishonest. (*Also: as ~.) Don't play cards with him. He's as crooked as a barrel of fish hooks. Mary says all politicians are crooked as a dog's hind leg.
See also: barrel, crooked, fish, hook, of
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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.
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Last year the Crooked Ways Festival at Pontefract, featured Razorlight, Reverend & The Makers, The Sunshine Underground and King Charles.
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