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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 cry of a night-bird, its echo throbbing in her Spinning mind, Above, a tracery of thin, spindly branches, beyond An army of restless, scurrying clouds racing over The open heavens, A cratered moon, alien and glowing its pre-natural Eerie brightness, The gate creaked open, she shivered at the wrought From coldness, The wind chimes hung crookedly silent; Tears ran down her face, it was nothing like her memory or her dream, What she'd left remained only in a past, it was no more Than dust in the darkness, The wind called to her from the trees, as the mourning Moon slipped from the sky, She closed her eyes, her tangled thoughts running out, As dawn became an unwanted reality.
Their starting point is Tolstoy's insight into theater--and, more crookedly, into Shakespeare, who doubtless would have admired this debauched, sensationalist peasant drama from the pen of his most famous Russian nineteenth-century detractor.
One is where people behave crookedly or salaciously, but another type involves people who use innuendo to allege someone is crooked without giving evidence.
This one found hard shoulder and the bear regained his bearings and plowed across the river, losing bottom, swimming crookedly.
Often they start going in one direction, more or less how they were going before, but crookedly.
On the final dive, one that should have been a textbook, no-brainer clincher, Zhou entered crookedly, scoring only 74.
But the 20-year-old from Beijing entered the water crookedly on his final dive, scoring 74.
He should have strong feet and legs (good bone and strong hoofs), not crooked or weak, and should travel well--with legs moving straight forward instead of crookedly.
And there was Tommy standing shirtless and barefoot, his blond hair cut close to his head, his cotton shorts twisted crookedly around his waist.
The player serving threw the ball up a little crookedly, and Boris lisped angrily: "Bad toss
As a tribute to those groundbreaking artists who defied the crookedly straight mainstream moviemaking industry, the festival pulled out two bold films from the past, Derek Jarman's Edward II (1991) and Araki's The Living End (1992), to complement these new entries.
If the tongue crookedly leans right or left, that is another sign of stroke.
On the windowsill, a long, shriveled cactus rose crookedly from a pot.
A colossal child, his leg in a bright blue cast, stands crookedly at her side.
The six-car train of the Yurikamome Line that connects areas along Tokyo Bay came to a halt Friday afternoon near Fune-no-kagakukan Station following the accident, and the commission found evidence of train wheels running crookedly over tracks 15 meters ahead of the station, they said.