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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

crook (one's)/the elbow

To drink alcohol, perhaps excessively. Come crook your elbow at the bar with us tonight! If you're this hung-over, you must have really crooked the elbow at the party last night.
See also: crook, elbow

*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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Franklin is a master of subtle withholding, revealing lines of culpability and sympathy in this small town one crooked letter at a time.
On the other hand, crosscutting crooked logs prior to sawing might give us a new way to resolve the problem.
In this study, we investigated the influence of a crosscutting pattern of crooked sugi logs on the sawing yield and the quality of sawn lumber.
A crooked nose deformity is a common entity that can be caused by various anatomic factors.
People interested in making a few dollars energetically gathered bushels of pine cones, but it was easier to collect the cones that came from those short, crooked trees rather than from the tall ones.
Also, yield studies conducted on straight lumber only need to be annotated and future yield studies should include a mix of straight and crooked lumber.
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