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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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The title refers to a nursery rhyme There Was A Crooked Man* and the story revolves around the death of wealthy Greek businessman who is found dead at his London home.
*The Rhyme There was a crooked man and he went a crooked mile.
"Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter--part of a saying used to help children spell 'Mississippi'--keeps a tight grip on the plot, which moves briskly from the late 1970s to the present.
Recently, some sawmills have produced the studs or lamina from crooked logs using newly developed bandsaw machines with curve sawing systems (Fujita 2004, Murata 2006).
Other authors have previously described placement of unilateral and bilateral spreader grafts as a means of correcting the crooked nose deformity.
So just how exactly did this country get so many crooked Scotch pine when other countries are populated with gloriously straight ones?
In order to compensate for crooked employers who pay too little into this insurance pool, insurance carriers will charge their customers a little extra to ensure that there will be adequate reserves for the inevitable worksite accidents.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had mooted the crooked bridge idea when he was prime minister in 2003, just as he was ending his 22-year tenure as prime minister.
In some gang-rip-first rough mills, a crosscut sawing station in front of the gang saw is used to cut severely crooked longer boards into two shorter boards effectively "straightening" the board prior to ripping.
You feel sure he'd have a part for man with a crooked face called Mackenzie Crook.
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Datuk Seri Azmin Ali today downplayed the Johor mentri besar's suggestion to revive the 'crooked bridge' to Singapore, saying the current economic situation is not conducive for it.
He crooked the no-run-up rail just seconds before his run had officially started, so when he went to do it again he got broke.
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