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hook

1. noun, slang A means of captivating or attracting others, especially a potential customer or consumer; a gimmick. The movie's hook at the time was its incredible computer-generated graphics. Unfortunately, the visual effects look pretty laughable by today's standards. You've always got to have a hook when you're trying to sell something.
2. verb, slang To attract (someone). The company offers a huge range of benefits in order to hook the most talented people in the industry.
3. verb, slang To captivate (someone). Her latest novel hooked me from the very first page.
4. verb, informal To addict (someone). He got hooked on heroin in college.
5. verb, informal To prostitute oneself. It's not uncommon to see women hooking in this area at night.

hook it

1. To flee or run away. This usage is primarily heard in the UK. We hooked it when we heard police sirens advancing.
2. To solicit and accept a car ride from someone, usually a stranger; to hitchhike. The phrase refers to the thumb (used to attract a passing driver's attention) as a "hook." If the bus isn't running today, what are we going to do, hook it?
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hooked

1. slang Addicted to a particular substance or activity. Yeah, I used to be hooked, but my gambling days are long behind me. I've smoked pot before, but I'm not hooked or anything.
2. slang Very interested in or infatuated with someone or something; constantly desiring more of or more time with someone or something. I never thought I'd like a show like "Game of Thrones," but I just finished the first season and I'm hooked. Oh, Dave's eyes light up whenever you're around—he's definitely hooked. The new bakery in town makes these amazing cupcakes, and I'm totally hooked.

hooks

slang One's hands. Get your damn hooks off of me—who do you think you are? I can never open tiny clasps like this with these giant hooks of mine.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hook it

run away. British informal
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hook

1. tv. to cheat someone. Watch the clerk in that store. He might try to hook you.
2. tv. to steal something. Lefty hooked a couple of candy bars just for the hell of it.
3. tv. to addict someone (to something). (Not necessarily drugs.) The constant use of bicarb hooked him to the stuff.
4. n. the grade of C. I didn’t study at all and I still got a hook!
5. tv. to earn or pull the grade of C on something in school. History? I hooked it without any trouble.

hook it

tv. to get a ride by hitchhiking. (The hook is the thumb. Compare to foot it.) My car broke down and I had to hook it home.
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hooked

verb

hooked

verb

hooks

n. the hands. (see also meathooks. Probably a shortening of shit hooks.) Don’t stand there with your hooks in your pocket. Get busy!
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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