crook (one's)/the elbow

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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

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
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I knew at that early age, there were things that were off with my drawing, like a crooked elbow, an off-angle shoulder or the nose not quite sitting neatly on the face.
I wonder if they will be advised to cough and sneeze into their crooked elbow like we're supposed to?
The very ball that left Hughie Ferguson's boot and squirmed through the crooked elbow of Arsenal's Welsh goalkeeper Dan Lewis to secure Cardiff City's wondrous 1-0 win.
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I do know principal dancers who used negative reviews about crooked elbows and cutesy interpretations to become better artists.
He drags her toward him to perform compulsory tasks; she hangs crooked elbowed in his arms.
In one section the dancers linked up, their backs to the audience and joined by crooked elbows, and appeared to limp.
Vigorous distortions of classic ballet poses take precedence: turned-in extensions, crooked elbows, hunched spines.
But this season her improvised port de bras, with flattened fingers, flexed wrists, and crooked elbows, marred what should be the crowning glory of her dancing.
The intensity of their interaction increased in a complex daisy chain, while the "monster" imagery surfaced in ominous lunges, crooked elbows, and splayed fingers.